Very interesting concept out of The Technical University of Berlin where PhD students of computer science are investigating the dynamic decision-making processes of freeriders in field studies and in VR simulation in order to avoid dangerous decisions by applying persuasive strategies.

“There are information systems to inform yourself before you go freeriding. There are also systems that support you once something has happened but not actual support systems on the mountain when decisions are made.”

When it comes to mountain safety I’m all for using every resource available and really liking what these kids in Germany are working towards.  Using VR to improve decision making abilities in a high risk situation mid-line could be as valuable to a big mountain freerider as a flight simulator is to a pilot in say the instance of a engine failure.  Thoughts?

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