target audience: TECH BUYER  Publication date: Jun 2023 - Document type: IDC TechBrief - Doc  Document number: # US50646423

IDC TechBrief: Forklift Training in Virtual Reality and the Future of Work

By:  Ramon T. Llamas Loading


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This IDC TechBrief analyzes how companies can leverage forklift training in virtual reality (VR) for warehouse and logistics workers. We look at how forklift training in VR can accelerate digital transformation by placing learners into a virtual and immersive environment to safely learn and apply the skills necessary to operate a forklift truck on the worksite.

"Hard skills training has become a ripe area for digital transformation through the use of virtual reality, allowing users to interact with virtual objects and environments and safely develop the skills for when they are ready for the real world," says Ramon T. Llamas, research director with IDC's Augmented and Virtual Reality team. "Forklift training in VR is a clear example of this: novice drivers develop the skills to safely operate a forklift truck in VR, and should they make mistakes or get into an accident, there are no consequences as there would be in real life. Instead, it provides a valuable learning experience. Furthermore, forklift training in VR reduces the amount of time to instruct a driver. This means that managers can benefit almost immediately from having a trained and certified driver sooner rather than later."


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