High tech robots are becoming pretty common in the world today. We have robots to clean our floors, wash our windows, and perform many other daily tasks. Every year there’s something new in the world of robotics, and this year one company has put the focus on a driving simulator that shows what’s it’s really like to drive drunk in Alberta. But unlike other simulators, Alberta’s Roadbot has a unique twist.
Brand new and brought to you by the Alberta Motor Association (AMA), Roadbot lets you put on a pair of simulator goggles and choose from two hundred different scenarios to experience for yourself how dangerous it is to drive drunk in Alberta. Because it’s only a simulation and you’re safe behind the googles, this type of scenario can have a lasting impact on someone who may not understand how alcohol can affect your driving skills.
Not only will Roadbot show you the dangers of driving drunk, it’s also a multi-purpose tool for Alberta drivers. It can also show anyone using it how to drive on the highway, change lanes in heavy traffic, or even drive through one of Alberta’s frequent snowstorms.
Summer is a great time to roll out an interactive device like Roadbot, because summer is one of the busiest times of the year for drunk driving. People tend to hit the road more for events like Canada Day, road trips, summer parties, or even just an evening on the patio. When they’re out and about, they may have a drink or three, and that can lead to an impaired driving charge or crash.
Roadbot isn’t going to prevent everyone from making the choice to drink and drive, but it could be a useful educational tool that gets people thinking about how dangerous it is. Even if it stopped one person from making the mistake of driving drunk, it would be more than worth it.