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CGI makeover for theory test

22 December 2014

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.

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.”

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."

CGI 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.

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