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Students develop driving sim to teach driver safety

A team of programmers, designers and engineers at New York's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is developing a video game to teach teenagers to be better and safer drivers, Forbes reports.

The driving simulation, based on the frame of a flight simulator, puts players behind the steering wheel and mimics scenarios that drivers are likely to face on the road, such as emergency lane changes and dangerous weather conditions.

The game's developers say that current driving education focuses mainly on road signage and ensuring that drivers understand what the signs mean. They hope that their game will allow drivers to put their practical skills to the test so that young drivers can commit certain maneuvers to muscle memory while also practising in a safe, virtual environment.

The team at Cooper Union hopes to partner with insurance companies that are willing to invest in safer roads and to get the game into high schools.

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