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Safe on-farm driving a virtual reality

Contestants in this year's FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final had an opportunity to drive around a South Otago farm while counting sheep - all without leaving Hawke's Bay.

That was thanks to a virtual-reality driving simulator developed by Otago-based CoDrivr which was founded by rally driver and farmer Rhys Gardner.

An off-road training module - featuring the Gardner family's farm in South Otago - was developed for WorkSafe, New Zealand's primary workplace health and safety regulator.

WorkSafe used the simulator, which was on a motion platform allowing it to move on different angles, on its site at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek in June.

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