Texting while driving awareness simulator comes to Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University will host a texting while driving simulator on campus September 10, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Partnering with an organization called PEER Awareness, Mount Mercy’s M2AP Board, Student Activities and Recreation and Wellness groups all came together to bring the simulation to campus. The simulator showcases the dangers of texting while driving in a safe, controlled environment.

Students and faculty will be introduced to the AWARE-TXT Simulator. This technology allows students to sit in a real car which is suspended and monitored with sensors to simulate real driving. The software renders a virtual field of vision, visible on a heads-up display worn by the “driver.” This software also renders various road conditions, like rain and snow.

Students then experience the difficulty of texting while driving in a completely safe environment. This allows students to fully appreciate the dangers without risking their safety. The simulator is becoming a fast favorite among high school and college campuses around the country.

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