DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINER FOR TACTICAL VEHICLE GROUND-GUIDING PROCEDURES

dc.contributor.advisorSadagic, Amela
dc.contributor.authorTackett, Cody D.
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science (CS)
dc.contributor.secondreaderGuerrero, Michael J.
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-15T19:38:21Z
dc.date.available2019-05-15T19:38:21Z
dc.date.issued2019-03
dc.description.abstractThe use of virtual reality (VR) technology in the training domain brings several benefits to the training force: compared to training in the real world, VR training reduces logistical support, it eliminates high-risk safety situations, and it enables scenarios not possible otherwise. This work determines the viability of using commercial off-the-shelf technology (COTS) to develop a prototype VR trainer in support of tactical vehicle ground-guiding procedures. A task analysis was conducted to identify all steps of the task in which an individual used hand and arm signals to communicate directions and position to another individual who operated a tactical vehicle. This work was used to define elements of human performance and system requirements, and to develop a multiuser VR training system. A total of eighteen subjects participated in a user study to evaluate usability of the system. The prototype system was able to fully immerse the subjects with visual, aural, and haptic displays, successfully blocking out influences from the real world to a sufficient extent that subjects believed they were in the virtual world and could perform ground-guiding operations. Given the subjects’ responses in the Standardized Usability Scale questionnaire, the system was seen as a viable tool for training of ground-guiding procedures. The results of this study demonstrated that it is feasible to use COTS technology and create a prototype system for training in ground-guiding and driving skills.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Marine Corpsen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/developmentofapr1094562303
dc.identifier.thesisid29628
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/62303
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorvirtual realityen_US
dc.subject.authorcommercial off the shelf technologyen_US
dc.subject.authorground-guidingen_US
dc.subject.authorMarine Corpsen_US
dc.subject.authortraining simulationen_US
dc.titleDEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINER FOR TACTICAL VEHICLE GROUND-GUIDING PROCEDURESen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineModeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation Institute (MOVES)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulationen_US
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