FlixBus, the low-cost tech-forward bus service out of Europe that launched in U.S. this 12 months, has added a VR expertise to some long-distance routes to and from Las Vegas.
For now, the FlixBus VR function, which incorporates about 50 digital actuality video games and journey experiences, is restricted to routes from Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego. And it’ll run for 3 months.
Vacationers who reserve a panoramic seat on these routes will get the VR expertise without cost. As soon as on board, passengers will obtain VR headset loaded with content material.
The Pico Goblin 2 headsets are from Pico Interactive. Inflight VR gives the content material and software program updates of the VR platform. Inflight VR has expertise with providing a platform to people who find themselves touring. The corporate already gives the platform for airways and airport lounges.
If the VR function is acquired properly — that means folks use it, take pleasure in it, and don’t have ailing results like vertigo — it may stick round longer. An organization spokesperson instructed TechCrunch that the VR expertise was examined on bus routes in Spain and France and acquired constructive suggestions from clients. Flixbus additionally picked routes that are typically straight and with out a variety of winding roads to cut back the danger of a nasty expertise with the VR function.
This VR experiment matches the corporate’s tech-forward and youthful method to bus journey.
FlixBus competes with conventional bus firm Greyhound with fares between U.S. cities as little as $4.99. Nonetheless, it has a unique enterprise mannequin that’s extra akin to ride-hailing firm Uber. FlixBus, which now operates in 28 nations, manages the ticketing, customer support, community planning, advertising and marketing and sale of its product. The driving is left to native companions, which get to maintain a proportion of the ticket receipts.
These native bus companions handle the every day operations of the brightly painted FlixBuses, that are outfitted with free Wi-Fi, energy retailers at each seat and complimentary onboard leisure portal. The corporate launched within the U.S. in Might, beginning with routes throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.