Toyota Material Handling to use virtual reality technology training resource

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VR Vision to be used for onboarding service technician and other professional training programs.

Toyota Material Handling (TMH) has entered into a partnership with VR vision, a virtual reality technology company based in Toronto, Canada, to provide supplemental learning resources to the existing training programs for onboarding service technicians and other professionals.

The idea is to enhance the complete training experience while improving the learning environment.

“Our vision is to provide a learning environment that resonates with current and future generations of technicians,” said TMH Dealer Training Manager Holly Brotzman while discussing the virtual reality technology. “While hands-on product training is our preferred method, we realize that not all of our dealerships have the luxury of product inventory, especially heavy-duty equipment. VR technology allows us to supplement existing training programs in an environment that’s accessible to our entire North American dealer network.”

The TMH virtual reality technology training will use Meta Quest (which used to be Facebook Oculus) in order to provide a complete VR training program. The company looked to VR Vision to develop the content of the training program into a three-dimensional experience. It also involved LMS integration, device setup, and change management consulting, in addition to other tasks. 

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VR Vision and TMH feel that working together in this way will offer a convenient and effective training alternative that will be both affordable and scalable for businesses that must regularly train new workers to use existing products as well as new one.

The virtual reality technology offers a collaborative, multiplayer 3D training simulation.

The simulation integrates digital twinning and material handling equipment modeling. This makes it possible for users to fully immerse themselves in the 3D environment. There, users can connect with other users and interact with the vehicle, its parts, and tools. This training can take place from anywhere in the world.

“While the tech industry is busy debating what the metaverse will become, the team at Toyota Material Handling is staying ahead of the times by deploying secure and scalable virtual reality solutions,” said VR Vision CEO Roni Cerga. “These programs connect clients and employees from anywhere in the world and give them the ability to collaborate on complex real-time procedures. This partnership only reinforces Toyota’s position as a clear leader in innovation and within the material handling industry.”

By opening up an opportunity for users and trainers to interact in real time in this way, the virtual reality technology makes it possible to develop a new type of learning experience to assist in preparing professionals for the real-world industrial environment.

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