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UK Police play Gran Turismo to improve driving skills

Lincolnshire Police officers were sent to Silverstone in Northamptonshire to gauge if their training and the money shelled out by PlayStation were all worth it.

The officers first completed a lap via a police car before they went ahead to practice on Gran Turismo Sport. This aims to work on oversteering and late breaking issues.

It turned out to be a success as the report stated that some of the officers were able to manage to reduce their times and increase their smoothness and stability in their driving.

Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West said, “could offer Lincolnshire Police an alternate way of looking at how we develop and supplement our existing training methods”.

He continued saying,  “If Gran Turismo can help to train world class racing drivers, then we were keen to explore whether it could offer anything to our officers and help expand the way we think about evolving and refreshing our training methods.”

Laurence Wiltshire, from GT Academy at Silverstone, said: “It’s one thing to train racing drivers but the idea that a game could help officers respond to emergencies more efficiently is mind-blowing.”

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