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Even better than the real thing

31 August 2012
image of an early CGI test

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A few weeks ago, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) announced that it would be taking steps to deal with a long-standing issue: the video quality of hazard perception clips. However, the solution was perhaps slightly more radical than many expected.

Instead of filming the clips in high definition video, the DSA announced that from August 2013, hazard perception clips would be rendered using computer graphics (CG). The first stage of the project will involve existing clips being redrawn in CG, something that should go a long way to resolving complaints that many older hazard clips are simply not clear enough for use.

After existing clips are redrawn, the DSA suggests that it will be working on creating a second batch of clips that will feature hazards not previously seen in clips because they are too dangerous to film, such as hazards involving children, motorcyclists and varied weather conditions such as snow fog and rain. These are to be introduced in 2015.

Early test of a CGI hazard perception clip - 2 - YouTube

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While the DSA seems pleased with its plans, what do you think? Is this a way to to sharpen image quality and expand the scope of the clips, or does it add a layer of artificiality to something that’s already once-removed from the road?

Let us know what you think! Comment on Facebook, tweet us on @theorytestpro, or vote below!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. NEILDOUGIE permalink
    31 August 2012 8:06 pm

    HELLO

    I THINK THEY SHOULDN’T TAKE CERTAIN CLIPS OFF BECAUSE IT SHOWS YOU THE REALITY OF HAZARDS AND THAT WHAT IT IS FOR ,SO WHAT THE DRIVING STANDS SHOULD OF SAID IS IM SORRY CANT DO THAT AS THIS IS WHY WE SHOW CLIPS TO GIVE EXAMPLES OF WHATS ITS LIKE WHILE DRIVING ????

    AND IF YOU TAKE CERTAIN CLIPS OF AND JUST HAVE THE EASIER ONES ON THAST DEFEATING THEN OBJECTIVE.

    WE HAVE ENOUGH STUPID PEOPLED OUT THERE AT THE PRESENT THINKING THAT THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT AND CANNOT BE TOUCHED ETC….AND KNOW JUST BECAUSE THE CLIPS ARE TO HORRIBLE TO SHOW YOU TAKE THEM OFF

    WHATS THE POINT IN TAKING THEM OFF AS IF THAT’S THE CASE THERE IS NO PINT HAVE HAZARD PERCEPTION AND JUST LET PEOPLE MAKE HAVERK ON THE ROAD?????????????????

  2. NEILDOUGIE permalink
    31 August 2012 8:07 pm

    WHY MAKE IT SO EASY…HARDER THE BETTER I SAY AND IM A BEGINNER

  3. garethpearce permalink
    3 September 2012 10:26 am

    Hi Neil, they’re not removing the ‘harder’ clips, the DSA is converting all of its existing stock of film-based clips to CGI – so the content of the clips will remain unchanged. The aim of doing this is to allow the DSA to present a greater number of hazards such as driving in bad weather, as well as hazards involving children/cyclists.

  4. 5 August 2013 6:21 pm

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  5. 19 October 2013 11:38 am

    they should have left it well enough alone

  6. 22 November 2013 8:33 pm

    ピウラ

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