ECOSAFE – India’s First Virtual Reality Driver Training Simulator, designed especially for Train-18 / Vande Bharat Express by REDS SA, Poland in collaboration with Prag Polymers, India, was successfully commissioned at the Integral Coach Factory Design & Development Centre in Chennai. The Simulator not only acquaints loco pilots with the cockpit and operations of the new trainset, it also measures driving efficiency by providing energy-consumption based scoring results as well as helps improve emergency response time by simulating unfavourable weather conditions and incidents and measuring driver response.
In addition to a realistic driving experience with a full-scale driver cab and actual driver’s desk with all switches and controls, the simulator provides added realism by using Virtual Reality as the primary mode of operation. Additionally, a desktop display mode duplicatesthe ongoing VR simulation. The software allows multiple training scenarios over one VR World (route) in one train (in multiple configurations). The simulator was inaugurated December 18th, 2018, in the presence of senior railway officers and staff members of ICF.