The continuation of the epidemic has made Xiaolan not have a hearty trip for a long time: the places where the travel route is minimized has become the default setting for going out.
It seems that virtual travel in VR glasses can solve some problems like a scratch, but no matter how realistic the travel in VR glasses is, it cannot replace the experience brought by field travel.
As the order of life in various countries gradually returns to normal, on-site travel has once again become the mainstream, and tourists in the post-epidemic era have gradually increased their travel requirements.
📸️ Roman scenery © Bing
The birth of the VR sightseeing bus proves from a perspective that the Metaverse can also participate in people’s travel without the VR glasses:
As a novelty, the VR sightseeing bus can bring a new travel experience that can switch between virtual and reality at will. Get on the bus!
01 Rome and Tokyo on the bus
A few days ago, the Rome VR sightseeing bus officially started operation. Although the bus is called a VR sightseeing bus, it does not require a VR head display to provide tourists with an immersive experience.
Invisible Cities, the operator of the bus, uses large transparent 4K OLED screens installed in front of each window on the bus to display 3D content.
When the curtains are raised, passengers can see a modern view of their surroundings. When the curtains are lowered, passengers will immediately travel back to ancient Rome in the year 2000.
During this 30-minute journey, famous Roman attractions such as the Imperial Forum, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Plaza Maxime, Theatre Marcellus, Trevi Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps will be presented in one by one. in front of tourists.
All architectural works restored in the virtual world are displayed directly on the OLED screens superimposed on the bus windows, and visitors can freely choose to raise and lower the curtains to compare the beauty of the present with the beauty of the past.
To realize the shuttle between reality and virtuality, ancient and modern, the support of the underlying technology is naturally indispensable: the digital speakers in the bus help to provide a realistic audio experience.
To deepen the passenger experience, the sightseeing bus is also equipped with a three-axis accelerometer, a magnetometer, a speedometer and a surface laser, which together capture every collision, turn and acceleration of the bus and incorporate it into the virtual experience .
In addition to sound and tactile realistic simulations, the bus is also equipped with an odor system: small vents emit scents of frankincense, birch, charcoal and vetiver as the car drives past the temple; , there will be metallic aldehydes, musk and cumin flavors.
📸️ Realistic 3D picture on the car window © Bing
With the support of realistic visual effects and many virtual technologies, this bus truly provides tourists with an immersive travel experience in all aspects. More importantly, tourists do not need to wear VR glasses during the whole process – this avoids dizziness, fatigue, etc. various problems.
In addition, in order to make the restoration of the city closer to historical facts, the team specially invited archaeologists from the Capitoline Supervision Bureau to guide.
All aspects of intentions have finally created this brilliant journey of combining virtual and real, Rome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri said:
The VR bus project will allow visitors to truly immerse themselves in the history of Rome, this one-of-a-kind initiative will take visitors and Roman residents on a journey to discover the history of Rome.
We support a modern and one-of-a-kind initiative to tell the thousand-year history of the capital in a new format that further engages the public and engages Romans on a journey to discover Rome’s past.
Furthermore, we do this in the name of sustainability, as the bus used for the service is a fully electric vehicle, respecting the environment and taking care of the surrounding places.”
📸️ Roman scenery © Bing
As the mayor of Rome said, the project also focuses on sustainability: the bus is fully electric, small and silent, with an average speed comparable to that of a scooter.
Ernesto Faraco, president of bus operator Invisible Cities, said in an interview:
This is the first virtual reality bus where people can immerse themselves in stories and share experiences collectively in the first person without the need for a virtual reality audience or other wearables.
Soon, we look forward to other VR buses, not only in Rome, but also for a new phase of exciting adventures, the ultimate goal of which is to change the way our city lives and learns history, blending education and entertainment, and for generations to come Bring the future to our wonderful past.
Contemporary also means: rediscovering our heritage based on millennia of history, making the most of it, reinterpreting it and taking it into the future.
📸️ Roman scenery © Bing
This sightseeing bus integrated with VR technology has gradually become a bridge connecting virtual and reality, past and future, and undertakes the mission of inheriting civilization and looking forward to the future.
Almost forgot the most crucial information: the bus seats 16 people, runs every 40 minutes between 4:20 pm and 7:40 pm for 30 minutes, and costs 16 euros one way – there’s a chance little blue Be sure to experience it.
And this is not the first time that a VR bus has appeared in people’s field of vision. In February this year, the world’s first VR bus WOW RIDE has begun to hit the road in Tokyo.
WOW RIDE allows visitors to enjoy the sights of the historic city of Tokyo through a virtual experience created by the fusion of images projected on the bus window and the scenery outside the bus window while traveling around Tokyo landmarks.
The windows on both sides are made of specially-made screens, allowing visitors to experience an urban adventure without wearing VR glasses – similar to the Rome sightseeing bus described above.
The tour starts in Ginza and passes by a series of famous sightseeing spots such as Nihonbashi, Tokyo Station, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Odaiba, Toyosu, Kabukiza, etc. There are audio guides along the way.
When the image is projected out the window, the familiar Tokyo scenery is completely transformed, from land, sea and air through time and space, from Reiwa to the Edo period, virtual and reality are also intertwined on the VR bus of the East.
02 Future Cultural Tourism Outside the Bus
Two buses, one east and one west, show more possibilities for travel in the Metaverse Age:
Whether it is the improvement of the travel experience or the promotion and inheritance of history and culture, the VR bus undertakes functions that cannot be achieved by the traditional VR experience.
When it comes to the current difficulties in promoting VR experience, the reliance on head-mounted devices is undoubtedly one of them.
In the past few years when the VR industry is booming, users’ desire to experience virtual reality scenes has gradually become equated with wearing VR glasses – it seems that without wearing VR glasses, it is impossible to obtain an immersive virtual experience.
The path dependence on head-mounted devices has undoubtedly become an obstacle to the popularization of VR experience:
Whether it is the use fatigue caused by the unreasonable weight of the equipment, or the dizziness caused by the difficulty of simulating real eye focus, various factors have plagued the promotion of virtual reality experience.
The sightseeing bus undoubtedly provides another idea. Simulating reality in such a relatively confined space through display equipment, audio, etc. undoubtedly has inherent advantages, and can almost eliminate all the shortcomings of VR glasses.
📸️ The exterior of the Tokyo VR bus © Bing
At the same time, the real and virtual can be switched continuously, and the virtual world can be superimposed on the premise of experiencing and feeling reality, so that users can obtain a more complete travel experience.
Of course, these two devices do not replace each other. The portability of VR glasses is its core competitiveness. The reason why Xiaolan compares is mainly because the VR bus shows more possibilities for entering the Metaverse:
As long as a relatively complete virtual reality experience can be provided, whether it is a bus or other physical space, it can become the entrance for people to enter the Metaverse.
At the same time, this kind of virtual space that can switch between virtual and reality will also better promote the development of tourism, and even promote the spread of traditional culture – just like the historical travel provided by the VR bus between Rome and Tokyo.
And China, as a big eastern country with a long history of civilization and profound cultural accumulation, how to use more diversified equipment to enhance the travel experience of tourists in the Metaverse era; how to make traditional culture better infiltrate people’s life through narratives that combine reality and reality Mind, has become an issue that needs to be put on the agenda.
For example, during the trip to the Yuanmingyuan, the original appearance of history was restored through VR technology, which saved costs while bringing an experience of traveling through the past and the present.
📸️ Restoration map of Yuanmingyuan © Bing
Similarly, if the ancient city walls of Ming and Qing Dynasties can be displayed during the trip on the Second Ring Road in Beijing, so that tourists can feel the shock and majesty of the city walls and better show the changes of the city, it must be an unforgettable travel experience.
Of course, these are just a brain hole of Xiaolan. The solution of VR travel is not only a path of VR bus. But on the basis of the existing foreign practice, this is a good new cultural tourism entrance.
The Metaverse will eventually set off from the VR bus, gradually subverting the world’s travel experience, and contributing to the inheritance and dissemination of culture.
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