The hazard perception part of the driving theory test is being updated to ‘hyper-real’ cg clips rather than the live action footage that’s currently used.
The interactive section of the DSA’s driving theory test assesses new drivers’ ability to react quickly to scenarios and obstacles they could encounter on the road.
The cg clips that are replacing the live footage are being created by ‘content production agency’ Jelly, using what it describes as 130 “hyper-real computer-generated imagery clips”.
The idea is that the cg clips will provide much more flexible options for the DSA to create scenarios for future hazard perception tests. Jelly says its material offers “infinite control over environments, vehicles and characteristics of movement within each clip, as well as potentially increasing the commercial viability of the test in the future.”
The update to the hazard perception test will be complete by summer next year.
“The hazards presented in the current clips are still relevant but the image quality is not as clear or defined as the quality available today,” says Rosemary Thew, DSA’s chief executive. “We are looking forward to presenting clips that are fresh and up-to-date. The use of computer-generated images means we can include situations with vulnerable road users such as children, cyclists and motorcyclists without risk.”