The team behind the virtual reality (VR) car crash experience that was exhibited at shows such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show from 10th – 23rd April 2014 has released the experience online. The sofware is designed to promote road safety by providing a realistic car crash experience, just like those seen carried out with crash test dummies. The demo can be downloaded for free over on the Oculus VR Share Beta and works with the Oculus Rift VR headset.
The exhibted version of the demo sits users in the front seat of a car and simulates the movements seen on screen as the vehicle slams into a wall. Users experience two crashes; one in a car from 2014 and another in a car from 1982. Once it has crashed users can look around a detailed model of the car, which labels the damaged caused. This is done for both crashes so that users can compare the difference.
The software’s aim is to show users the importance of enusring drivers buy cars with current saftey features such as head airbags, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and a reversing camera with reversing sensors as well as a 5 star ANCAP rating. It was developed by the Digital Arts Network in Sydney.
The demo is availavble for both PC and Mac. A video runthrough of the software can be seen below, showing the experience as it was originally intended to be viewed in a car. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of virtual reality technology and bring you the latest.