Some companies are equipping trainers with augmented reality headsets to enhance group training of service technicians in the trucking industry.
The freight and logistics industry has accelerated its adoption of immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although still in its early stages, organizations across the supply chain are beginning to utilize VR and AR for training, operations, marketing, and servicing equipment. While many companies explored ways to implement these technologies even before the pandemic, they have recently ramped up these efforts. The technologies have been helpful in filling communication gaps that exist with videoconferencing and streaming applications.
Vehicle maintenance training is one area in which AR has been leveraged successfully. A training instructor can wear an AR headset and allow trainees to stream on their own devices what the instructor sees, including the real-world objects and overlaid digital information. For example, an instructor wearing an AR headset could scroll through various wear patterns on a digitized tire and compare them to a physical tire in their view as a training exercise. This only requires the use of one AR headset. The example AR headset product referenced in the source article costs about $3,500.
AR headset: $3.5K