Conference Proceeding

The Virtual Check Ride (VCR) as a Diagnostic and Remediation System

  • Ron Tarr (Institute for Simulation and Training Orlando, FL)
  • James D Whitmire II


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) have identified safety and operator performance as major objectives in addressing the inter-modal transportation needs of the state and nation. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is working diligently to address the issue of safety on Florida’s roads by developing and enforcing standards and certification of Commercial Driver License (CDL) training and issuance, as well as continual monitoring via enforcement. The Florida Trucking Association (FTA), representing the commercial industry side of the community, is likewise very concerned and is also taking steps to deal with these challenges. Clearly the issue of safety and the proper training of persons who will be operating heavy trucks is of great concern to all of us in the community. Driver training, safety, security, performance enhancements and accident reduction are priority issues in the truck driving industry. With this emphasis, and the increase in highway safety compromised by fraudulent or unskilled CDL licensed drivers, the new Virtual Check Ride, a simulated knowledge and skilled-based diagnostic system for professional truck drivers, was created using multimedia blended simulation that includes computerbased training (CBT) elements. This system also utilizes the GE VS TruckDriving Simulator. While the implications of VCR are rich with possibilities, the goal of this research is to validate and verify the newest version of the VCR system within the trucking community (e.g., Frito Lay and others).

How to Cite:

Tarr, R. & Whitmire, J., II, (2007) “The Virtual Check Ride (VCR) as a Diagnostic and Remediation System”, Driving Assessment Conference 4(2007), 495-501. doi:

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Published on
12 Jul 2007
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