MEXICO CITY – Students from Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) created technology to help people overcome their fear of driving.
The tool, called Fahrer, combines virtual reality, a web page and an application for Android phones, through which users can simulate driving, the IPN said Wednesday.
The goal of the project is to help people diagnosed with amaxophobia, that is, the fear of driving or riding in a car.
When patients use the application, their stress and anxiety levels can be monitored as they practice driving in different simulated circumstances until they are able to control their fear.
“Our app is designed to be used with virtual reality headsets, which immerge users into the driving experience. Car controls were also created to simulate driving,” creators Gabriel Gonzalez Ramirez, Jan Luis Juarez Avalos, Jorge Eduardo Lopez Gonzalez and Alan Romero Lucero said in a statement.
The app also includes a chat to help answer questions, as well a statistical diagnosis after each session to show how users have improved.