Virtual reality (VR) headsets like Oculus Go can be a great way to while away the hours on a long trip, playing videogames or watching your favourite movies. FlixBus, a tech-savvy bus service that began in Europe before expanding to the US this year has announced a new pilot experience where customers can immerse themselves in VR.
Powered by Inflight VR, the VR service uses Pico Goblin 2 headsets, with four of them on board each bus. They’ll be loaded with approximately 50 videogames, travel and cinematic experiences to help make those hours fly by.
Limited to routes from Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego, the service will be piloted for 3 months. Passengers wishing to make use of the feature will need to book the Panorama Seats at the front of the bus. “Each of the below FlixBus rides will be equipped with four virtual reality headsets, reserved for passengers who book the Panorama Seats located at the front of the bus on the top level,” explains the company. “Simply choose “Seat Reservation” while booking your ticket, then select the “Panorama Seats” option. Each passenger with glasses will receive an instruction manual to assist in their #FlixVR experience. The FlixBus virtual reality experience is offered at no additional fee.”
FlixBus Routes featuring #FlixVR
- University of Arizona – Tucson – Tempe – Phoenix Airport
- University of Arizona – Tucson – Tempe – Phoenix Airport – Kingman N – Arizona/Nevada – Henderson – Las Vegas Downtown – Las Vegas Strip
- Tempe – Phoenix Airport – Kingman N – Arizona/Nevada – Henderson – Las Vegas Downtown – Las Vegas Strip
- University of Arizona – Tucson – Tempe – Phoenix Airport – Flagstaff
- LA Downtown – San Bernardino – Barstow Station – Las Vegas Strip – Las Vegas Downtown
- San Diego – Escondido – Riverside – San Bernardino – Las Vegas Strip – Las Vegas Downtown
These routes have been chosen as they tend to be straight and smooth with few winding sections, reports TechCrunch, helping reduce the possibility of motion sickness.
The VR experience has already been tested in Spain and France, but it’s unclear as to whether FlixBus has plans to roll the feature out to more countries in Europe. If that does happen VRFocus will let you know as soon as it does.