Intense Flight Simulation Teaches You How to Survive a Water Crash Landing
A dramatic, terrifying emergency landing simulation shows passengers how to survive a plane crash landing in a body of water.
The "immersive safety education demo," which is based on the famous "Miracle on the Hudson" landing, was developed on an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset by Italy's University of Udine's HCI Lab.
The demo simulates what could happen in the event that a plane crash lands into water, complete with dramatic music and screaming passengers. From there, one must follow the instructions if they wish to survive the crash.
Researchers say that the simulation can help people learn and remember the correct processes to follow for a water landing.
"Our findings show that trying for a few minutes a VR [virtual reality] gaming experience of an airliner water landing and evacuation results in excellent memory retention of passenger safety instructions, with no knowledge loss after one week," Professor Luca Chittaro said.
"These results suggest a new approach to educating people about safety: thanks to virtual experiences of risk, domestic VR users will be able to safely experiment with any kind of danger, becoming prepared for encounters with those threats in the real world."
Kurt "The Cyber Guy" Knutsson shared the surprising statistic on "Fox and Friends Weekend" that 86 percent of airline accidents are survivable. So simulators like these could definitely come in handy, he said.
"This is the future of flight safety training," Knutsson stated. "I don't know that we're going to see it onboard the aircraft yet. We're going to see flight crews training this way very, very soon."
Watch the "Fox and Friends Weekend" clip above and see a clip of the simulation below.
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