McLean Care wins prestigious Innovation of the Year – Technology for Asia Pacific region for VR driving simulator

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The Not For Profit provider won in two of three award categories at the 7th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards held recently in Singapore, taking out the prestigious Innovation of the Year award in the Tech category for its mixed reality driving simulator for older people.

The simulator, known as ‘Hector VR’, was a joint development between McLean and the CADET Virtual Reality Laboratory at Deakin University (funded through grants from the Department of Health) created to address challenges faced by older drivers, particularly in rural communities, who have no transport alternatives.

Developed over the course of 12 months, ‘Hector’ uses the shell of a real car with virtual reality simulation, enabling older drivers to practice a range of essential driving skills in a safe environment.

McLean also won Best Solution to Support Ageing in Place in the Wellness category.

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