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Flatiron Hot! News | October 23, 2017

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It Can Wait: VR Simulator Displays the Dangers of Texting and Driving

It Can Wait: VR Simulator Displays the Dangers of Texting and Driving
Flatironhot Contributor

Written by Max Shapiro and Edited by the Flatiron Hot! News Editorial Staff

Today in the Flatiron South Plaza, It Can Wait, the organization that spreads awareness of the dangers of texting and driving, has a booth set up with a virtual reality simulator. This simulator has you sitting in a car-shaped seat as you wear VR goggles that make is seem as though you are behind the wheel while texting. I tried the simulator for myself and was surprised by how convincing it was. The simulator had me narrowly avoiding collisions with people and cars as I continually looked at at my phone, before finally being hit by a truck. Afterward, I was asked to fill out a few survey questions such as how dangerous on a scale of 1 to 10 I believed looking at your phone and driving is—-of course, I selected 10.

It’s great that I tried this simulator before I begin learning to drive, as it has really put things in perspective about how being distracted by your phone behind the wheel puts in danger not only your life but also the lives of others. If you want to try the simulator out for yourself, head over to the the South Plaza today.