++ #FlixVR available on select lines headed to and from Las Vegas from California and Arizona ++ Passengers choose from 50 games, travel, and cinematic experiences ++ Experience free with “panoramic seat” reservation; tickets online or via the FlixBus app ++ Travelers receive state-of-the-art VR provided by Inflight VR and Pico Interactive
Los Angeles (Dec. 11, 2018) – FlixBus, Europe’s largest long-distance mobility company which recently expanded to the US, will launch the world’s first virtual reality pilot program on long-distance buses – #FlixVR – beginning with select routes to and from Las Vegas on Dec. 12. The program will run for three months and will be available for no extra charge to passengers who reserve “panoramic seats”.
With approximately 50 virtual reality games, cinematic and travel experiences – from virtual basketball to floating through outer space, walking across the Arctic with a family of penguins or even guided meditation – a variety of alternate, 3D realities can be enjoyed while FlixBus travelers pass the time en route to their destination.
“We are excited to launch the first long-distance virtual reality bus experience, in cooperation with Inflight VR and Pico Interactive,” said FlixBus USA Managing Director Pierre Gourdain. “At FlixBus, we are always brainstorming ways to make the travel experience for our passengers more comfortable, entertaining and tech-forward. We hope #FlixVR brings a little extra entertainment to the travelers heading to and from Vegas.”
Passengers can book their #FlixVR experience on the following routes, in both directions:
• 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
Travelers simply add a seat reservation for panoramic seats on these routes; the virtual reality reservation will be displayed during the booking process. Once on board, passengers will receive a Pico Goblin 2 virtual reality headset loaded with Inflight VR content. And instruction manual will be provided to each passenger with a headset.
“After being the first company that launched a fully thought-through VR inflight entertainment solution for airlines and airport lounges earlier this year, we are very proud to repeat this achievement once again in the long-distance bus travel industry,” adds Inflight VR Chief Commercial Officer Raphael Baumann. “After years of development with partners in the airline industry, we are excited to see other mobility segments starting to adopt our services.”
FlixBus launched in the US on May 31 with routes across California, Arizona and Nevada and has since strived to win the hearts of the American audience by providing a new approach to longdistance bus travel with a modern, comfortable and entertaining on-board experience. With a shiny fleet averaging 1-2 years old and standard amenities such as free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and a complimentary onboard entertainment portal, riding a bus has never been more enjoyable. The VR headsets with its product name “Pico Goblin 2” are provided by Pico Interactive, one of the leading companies for VR stand-alone headsets. It is state-of-the-art VR standalone hardware with an ergonomic design, a 3K resolution screen, a lightweight front of 260grams and four hours battery play-time. The headsets function completely autonomous and work as a stand-alone device without any server dependency. Content and software updates of the VR travel entertainment platform are handled remotely by Inflight VR.