CGI makeover for theory test
The hazard perception part of the driving theory test is set to be updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) from early next year.
Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road.
The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.
The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.
Reflects the realities of modern day driving
DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said: “Using CGI clips in the hazard perception test will allow us to present clearer, more up to date situations, ensuring the test fully reflects the realities of modern day driving.” Research
DVSA worked with Nottingham University’s Accident Research Unit to trial the CGI clips
Research Fellow, Dr Peter Chapman, said:“In our research we found that CGI clips retained all the benefits of traditional videos in discriminating between good and bad candidates, whilst allowing a more attractive, flexible, and up-to-date test."
In the futureCGI will also allow for a wider range of hazards, for example including situations with vulnerable road users like children or cyclists and a range of driving conditions, such as night time driving or bad weather