THE first virtual reality training game for road safety in Cyprus was launched in Nicosia on Thursday. Police and sponsor EKO presented ‘Road Challenges’ at the Aglandjia Road Safety Park at a press conference.
The game can be played on tablets, computers and smartphones. The target group are 8 to 17-year-olds.
They are challenged to learn how to use road safely while having fun in virtual reality. The game, which can be played with or without a headset is specific to the traffic code of Cyprus, and the developers have even tried to make the landscape look like local areas, for example mimicking the seaside road of Limassol, complete with an EKO petrol station. The language used is Greek.
There are four levels, pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes and cars, and there is an additional quiz level.
The levels should be used according to the age of the players, for example only those 17 and older are allowed to use the motorbike level.
Players are asked to follow instructions either on foot or riding a vehicle keeping in mind all the factors which may occur.
The quiz level presents them with four traffic signs and they have to choose which one to use in a given situation. By doing this they collect points and those with the best results are awarded each month with presents like virtual headsets, bicycles and tablets.