A number of studies by the University of Nottingham Trent (NTU) have revealed that drivers prefer the use of virtual reality (VR) headphones for risk perception tests and that in some cases drivers using VR have performed better than single-screen drivers in identifying hazards.

The six-part study, commissioned and funded by the RAC Foundation, the Road Safety Trust and the DVSA, involved more than 400 participants, with drivers reporting that the virtual reality experience was more engaging, immersive and realistic. than a single monitor test on average. Participants also preferred the actual video of the roads to a CGI simulation, ranking them as higher in terms of clarity and visual complexity.

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