CANFIELD, Ohio - AT&T, in conjunction with a number of local organizations, hopes to bring awareness to the dangers of texting while driving with a new 3-D driving simulator experience.
The company is hosting the "It Can Wait Driving Simulator" today at Canfield High School. The simulator is setup like a video game, housing a chair, steering wheel, and pedal, according to a release. The simulation includes a city environments with about eight blocks of driving space.
But the unique aspect about this simulation is the inclusion of text messages that appear on a phone accompanying the driver's chair, with the goal to re-create the "eyes-off-the-road and hands-off-the-wheel experience of texting while driving."
Drivers are challenged to maneuver around obstacles setup in the environment while texting.
The Canfield Local School District and the law firm Betras, Kopp, and Harshman is co-sponsoring the event.
A press conference by the organizations will be held at noon.