As part of the FIA Mobility Worldwide program, the Automóvil Club del Ecuador (ANETA) has launched its new driving school with the aim of diversifying in order to reduce the risks of its activity following the COVID-19 crisis.
Launched in June 2020, the FIA Mobility Worldwide program aims to support the rapid recovery and long-term stability of FIA member organizations during the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. The program is divided into two distinct phases. The first part of the program aimed to provide assistance to clubs most in need and also created a best practice toolkit for clubs. The second part of FIA Mobility Worldwide, which is currently underway, is to analyze the findings of Part I and develop two key strategies for support and development: business diversification and dedicated funding. To date, 55 Clubs have taken part in the programme.
Thanks to FIA Mobility Worldwide, ANETA was able to acquire equipment and tools to launch its new driving school. It has implemented virtual reality solutions and driving simulators for road safety topics in driver training by installing two professional Batak machines and three road safety simulators. Bataks are a unique and challenging device requiring quick hand and eye coordination, ultimately helping students improve their reaction time.
ANETA has also installed solar panels in the new school to generate clean energy for its buildings and electric vehicles, covering all of the school’s energy demand and having a surplus that is fed into the public grid. This encouraged the Club to think about sustainable solutions throughout the training program to achieve closed-loop operations.
After significant efforts, the school is now fully operational. Around 100 students use the installed Bataks and road safety simulators every month. Additionally, road safety simulators allow students to try out their driving skills in multiple weather conditions and interact with other road users.
With the installation of equipment and new tools for the driving school, ANETA was able to extend road safety training to other sectors such as private companies; innovate in driving education, thanks to new technologies; reduce the number of road accidents; contribute to the fight against climate change through concrete actions; and increase the number of participating students.