Driving Test - How cool is this...
By Stewart Townsend on Sep 13, 2007
You have to have a look at this, if you have sons/daughters who are looking to take their test shortly, save some pain and heartache now....Im ok Ive got 8 years left yet before I get asked, Dad can I borrow your car..
For young people keen to pass their driving
test, a new system using their mobile phone might be just what they're
Luzia Research, based at
the Open University in Milton Keynes has launched uHavePassed.com, an innovative
interactive method of helping driving test candidates get to grips with
the official questions, via a mobile phone.
Says managing director Alastair Briggs:
"Sitting in front of the computer practicing the 1000+ driving theory
questions isn't much fun and repeating multiple choice quizzes is
really boring. We all know that content on a mobile phone will engage
your average teenager and so we hit on the idea of giving learner
drivers the option to use their mobiles to practice for the test. We
have created an interactive method for practicing and also created some
educational games to reinforce the concepts in other ways than just
repeating the tests. Now we'd like some help from teenagers to ensure
it works smoothly and efficiently."
For the rest of August, uHavePassed will
be testing their software and are looking for a small number of driving
test applicants aged between 16 and 20 years old to try the service
for free. The company says anyone who is interested in helping them
should apply via the website www.uHavePassed.com. If they are accepted
they will get access to the full software for a trial period and give
the company valuable feedback in return.
Once the system is fully live, potential
users can try the system using
unofficial questions and games before deciding to subscribe. As the
user progresses, the company tracks the individual's results and constantly
analyses their progress to make sure the tests are optimised for them.
The driving theory test is taken every
year by about 800,000 16-20 year olds who are already having to study
and work for other exams. Practice for the test is usually via software
or websites where they can repeat the questions to gain confidence.
From September, students have to get 43 out of 50 questions correct
in order to pass the test.
Says Mr Briggs: "The phone is better
for doing small 2 minute sessions when the user has some spare time
and playing games is designed to help them remember road signs and other
concepts important for the test."