Toyota Uses Oculus Rift to Educate Teens on Driving Safely

VR Experiences Encourages Focus Behind the Wheel

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Marketers are looking to virtual reality as the next big thing in advertising, but Toyota is also using it to help with its safety initiatives, as seen in this project the brand debuted at the Detroit Auto Show. According to the CDC, car accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, so to help combat these preventable deaths, Toyota created a simulator using Oculus Rift that lets teens experience what it's like to drive while distracted. It aims to teach them the importance of staying focused when behind the wheel -- and the dangerous consequences that can arise if you don't.

Users can put on the VR headset and experience a drive down a busy city street, complete with sounds of traffic, friends chatting and changing the radio, and text messages. The simulation is part of the brand's "TeenDrive365" initiative which offers online tools, advice, and events to help parents model safer driving behaviors for their teens. Toyota worked with Brightline Interactive and 360i to develop the simulator.

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Credits
Date
Jan 14, 2015
Agency:
Brightline Interactive/360i
Chief Creative Officer:
Pierre Lipton
Client:
Toyota
Group Creative Director:
Michael Nuzzo
Creative Director:
Doug Lemon
Creative Director:
Brian Wiesenthal
Art Director:
Emlyn Allen
Copywriter:
Evan Dunn
EVP Director of Client Services:
Janique Helson
Account Supervisor:
Jamie Hall
Producer:
Ashley Way
Director of Technology:
Layne Harris
Account Director:
John Line
Account Director:
Joe DePreta
Senior Producer:
Sara Allen
Unity Developer:
Terry Felegie
Designer:
Will Jones
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Industry
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