First internally developed product demonstrator via the newly formed ‘Drawing Board’ R&D team


Make Real was originally approached by a major refuse collection organisation looking to improve their training around vehicle reversing operator safety, with an ultimate aim to reduce annual fatalities.

Latest government HSE statistics show that being struck by a moving vehicle is the 2nd most common cause of fatal injury at work (18% – RIDDOR).

By providing Make Real with the existing theory training materials, a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) VR experience was created for sale into relevant sectors, including waste management and delivery vehicles.


As the first development undertaking of the new internal R&D team, this was a trial process to determine how the relevant assessment and suitability scoring criteria accurately reflected the overall actual effort required to create an MVP for Make Real to consider as our own IP.

Unlike most projects developed at Make Real, where the client and partner involvement throughout all 4D stages of discovery, design, development and deployment is paramount, ‘Rear Guard’ was developed solely using our internal review processes against a very small time and effort budget.


Initial feedback from the trainers has been positive, however, the VR application is currently undergoing embedding, further internal testing and external client review. More feedback and impact results will be provided here in the near future.

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