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.
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?
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