27 Jun 2015

Virtual reality buses

From This Way Up, 1:15 pm on 27 June 2015
Virtual reality bus.

Virtual reality bus. Photo: Supplied.

Virtual reality was generating lots of buzz at the recent E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles.

People queued up to play the latest VR game titles and to gasp at the latest offerings on headsets like Samsung's Gear, Microsoft's HoloLens, Sony's Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift, bought by Facebook last year for US$2 billion.

With VR set to enter the mainstream consumer market over the next 6 to 12 months, people everywhere are intrigued by what it can offer.

In Christchurch, the opening of a new bus terminal in the city has let architects, designers and a local bus company explore some of the possibilities. They're using virtual reality goggles to get bus drivers up to speed with the layout of the new bus station.