Driving Simulators as Educational Outreach for Freight Transportation

The purpose of this project is to enhance outreach efforts for middle and high school student groups for freight career awareness by using truck driving simulators. There is a shortage of truck drivers across the US which contributes to inefficiency in the freight system. While there are many complex factors leading to the driver shortage, lack of awareness of the trucking profession is among them. Through engaging workforce outreach programs, it may be possible to attract a new generation to freight careers. Beneficially, commercial driving simulators are becoming increasingly affordable and thus more ubiquitous across university research programs and workforce training centers. This project seeks to leverage the popularity of driving simulators by using them as active and engaging learning and outreach tools for middle and high school students. The work will develop a complete learning module for a day-long outreach program (“camp”), implement the program, and make all lesson plans available for public dissemination. In this way, any university and/or workforce center with a driving simulator can use the lesson plans for their own outreach events.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $75000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center

      University of Arkansas
      Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

      4190 Bell Engineering
      Civil Engineering
      Fayetteville, Arkansas  United States  72701
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hernandez, Sarah

    • Start Date: 20210816
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01782063
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747130
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 21 2021 4:23PM