Friday, 30 July 2021 17:05

How Could Gaming Change the Future of Collision Repair Training?

Written by
I-CAR's Jeff Peevy. I-CAR's Jeff Peevy.


...practice new knowledge and skills and also allow students to compare their performance to others.”


Peevy believes there are practical uses of extended reality, which refers to all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables, including augmented and virtual reality. Through the use of headsets that create their own environment, virtual reality provides training in complete immersion.


“There are no distractions,” Peevy stated. “You’re in a world that’s been created ideal for learning. You can focus on whatever it is. As we continue to learn about the practical application of this, there are ways this will become very beneficial in the future.”


In augmented reality, the headset overlays digital objects in the real world.


“It allows you to see the real world and see things over it that you actually can do and get a more realistic experience, so you can gain knowledge, as well as improve your skills and understanding of the topic without being in a dangerous environment,” Peevy said.


Gamification is the application of gaming mechanics to non-gaming environments and is used to increase knowledge and skills for specific industry tasks.


“The objective needs to be to gain new knowledge,” said Peevy. “You have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in a game and then practice your skills. You practice for accuracy and speed, and then when you apply that in the real world, you can be much more prepared, when done correctly.”


Peevy mentioned the value of video-based and online training as a means of engaging collision repair professionals. He suggested online training allows for an environment that’s “more engaging and more relaxed. It’s less formal, and it’s more...