As part of their road safety programme ‘Exchanging Places’, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London (TfL) have launched a new 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video to provide vulnerable road users with a better understanding of what HGV drivers can and cannot see.
Chief superintendent Colin Wingrove, from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), said, “When someone’s mobility is restricted, the knowledge and confidence imparted by Exchanging Places is even more important – I hope that this film is seen by as many people as possible who cannot get to one of our ‘real’ events.”
Exchanging Places gives cyclists the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of an HGV to see how difficult it can be to see a cyclist in close proximity. Experienced traffic police officers explain how collisions can happen and the actions cyclists can take to reduce the risk.
Steve Burton, TfL, said, “HGVs are disproportionately involved in cyclist and pedestrian deaths, compared to the miles they travel in the capital.
“By reaching people of all ages and abilities across the whole of London, this new technology will help us raise awareness of the blind spots around HGVs and how people can stay safe on our roads.”