AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY AS A TRAINING TOOL
Keywords:augmented reality technology, onboard training, shipboard operations, industry 4.0, maritime, shipping
The current study explores the advanced technology of Augmented Reality (AR) as a digital tool of Industry 4.0. As such, we investigate the potential use of AR for the training of seafarers, as a new technological tool aiming to increase their safety and operational effectiveness. Based on existing research of training through technology, we have performed a gap analysis between current training methods whereas, we are discussing the adoption maturity level and the technological obstacles. Our research is qualitative in nature, by means of in-depth interviews. The study consisted of interviews with twenty-four people from the shipping industry aiming to provide fresh insights about the augmented reality in the industry. Augmented Reality in shipping is currently at a very early stage; apparently, around half of the interviewees are not welcoming the technology in general and especially the use of AR in on-board training. According to our findings, the market seeks for the adoption of AR in on-board operations rather than training. Practical implications are also outlined.
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