Title Simulator-based Training for European bus drivers (SIMTEB) - Transfer and implementation of an innovative training concept for drivers and trainers in initial and continuing vocational training organisations of the public urban transport in Europe
Project Number SIMTEB DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147464
Product Status of Simulator Training for Professional Drivers in Europe
Title Status of Simulator Training for Professional Drivers in Europe
Product Type others
Marketing Text The state-of-the art report delivers the recent and relevant background for the training module and the train the trainer guidance.
This discussion paper summarises the main results from the concluded STB project (2011), from the SIMTEB project (2013) and from extensive research on the Internet reporting the status of simulator training for professional drivers in Europe. The report is the background of the SIMTEB project results.
The discussion paper contains mainly critical arguments, which rather speak against more widespread deployment of simulator technology for training professional drivers in the foreseeable future. This is particularly attributable to the difficult legal constraints which, in the wake of the first evaluation of the implementation of EU Directive 2003/59/EC by the EU Commission (2012), predominantly determine the current status quo. Questions concerning cost efficiency and the recruitment and training of instructors for simulators likewise still have to be resolved.
However, the first signs of new strategies for the introduction of simulators in training centres and transport undertakings can be recognised. It is certainly interesting that simulators in the class below € 100,000 are now accepted as certified, top-of-the-range simulators in some EU countries. On the one hand, this throws up questions of evaluation, particularly concerning simulators fitted with a lower level of training equipment. On the other hand, this acceptance could possibly provide impetus for the development of successful business models.
Target group Simulator running companies, trainers, driving schools, training departments of transport companies, researchers and developers of simulators, social partners
Result A major question still to be answered is whether simulator technology can succeed in making the breakthrough, leading to more widespread deployment on the expanding market for initial and advanced training of professional drivers. Climate change and the need for greater professionalism among bus and truck drivers would seem to speak for this. The SIMTEB project made possibly contributions towards these developments.
Area of application This report delivers basic information upon the state-of-the art of simulator based training for bus drivers but also in other driving areas (truck and emergency drivers).