Road safety in a realistic virtual environment.
StreetSmart is a ground-breaking simulation of a suburban street scene. Realistic and absorbing, it has enormous potential in helping children learn about road safety. Used by children under adult supervision, the simulation presents the child with choices on how to act and react safely in a busy street.
The StreetSmart simulation is laptop-based, and navigation is via mouse and keyboard. As a first-person simulation, the child is free to move around and explore the virtual environment of the sidewalk and street. As in real life, individual cars and trucks react to the presence of the child. This is a stimulating and life-like experience for children, contributing to high learning effectiveness. The situation can be varied in an endless variety of ways: traffic speed and frequency, time of day or night. Endless combinations of weather, visibility, and daylight, affecting both the pedestrian’s and the driver’s ability to see and react.
Used particularly under adult supervision, lessons on safe behaviour can be immediately simulated, with the aim of increasing street competence. Correct behaviour is reinforced.
The graphically-realistic and interactive properties of this simulation are familiar to very many children from high-end videogames.