Aceable is developing a safe, immersive way for young students to learn driving skills before hitting the actual road

Learning how to drive is a rite of passage and sometimes, it begins with a few bumps. One program is trying to minimize real-world damage by putting new drivers into the VR world first. Aceable, an online school for driving designed around teens, is now integrating virtual reality content into its courses to make them more immersive.

The content is available on their iOS and Android apps. Aceable, which primarily targets teenage beginners, will use VR to help teens practice the concepts they learn through more teaching traditional methods, Venturebeat reports.

Aceable has made three 360 videos available on YouTube. These videos demonstrate right-of-way situations, with the viewer behind the wheel. Riding shotgun is Aceable’s avatar, a friendly-looking robot.

The company has been aggressively vying for accreditation in more states and it is currently an accepted alternative to traditional driver’s ed in Nevada, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, California, and Texas. Its meme-filled lessons are designed to be funny, quick and information-rich, striking the balance required to keep the attention of its young students. The programs come with an unlimited number of practice tests.

Virtual reality is unsurprisingly filling a lot of gaps when it comes to training. In medicine, VR is used to train doctors in surgery. It has also been used to simulate other dangerous situations, such as how to respond to an active shooter. Learning how to drive is about fine-tuning the senses. Hearing the horns of other drivers, estimating distances and developing a set of instincts are all required to perfect the skill. A student driver must be accompanied while in the real world. With advanced technologies like VR, it is possible for them to practice when they want, for as long as they want, using their phones as a learning tool—instead of a dangerous distraction on the road.

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Learning how to drive is a rite of passage and sometimes, it begins with a few bumps. One program is trying to minimize real-world damage by putting new drivers into the VR world first. Aceable, an online school for driving designed around teens, is now integrating virtual reality content into its courses to make them more immersive.

The content is available on their iOS and Android apps. Aceable, which primarily targets teenage beginners, will use VR to help teens practice the concepts they learn through more teaching traditional methods, Venturebeat reports.