Love virtual reality (VR) and trains but don’t often find the two together? If you live in the UK, Greater Anglia is giving commuters the chance to see the new rolling stock in VR, with a special event being held at London Liverpool Street station on Friday 16th February, 2018.
As part of an improvement scheme, Greater Anglia is replacing all its trains, with the new ones coming into service next year. If you happen to be at London Liverpool Street station on Friday between 15.00 and 19.00 GMT you’ll be able to don a Samsung Gear VR headset walk onto a station platform where three of the new trains will be parked – a Bombardier and two Stadlers.
The public will be able to check out accessibility arrangements, walk up to the “bistro” on the Intercity, inspect the new seats, carpet, finishings, plug points, large picture windows and the other amenities. The trains will also be fitted with free wifi, air conditioning and USB sockets.
Mike Kean, Greater Anglia Deputy Managing Director, said in a statement: “We’re spending £1.4 billion on brand new trains to replace every single train on our network. It’s going to transform rail travel in East Anglia. We’re really excited about it and we’re confident that when people experience our new trains through virtual reality they’ll be looking forward to their arrival as much as we are.”
The Bombardier will replace commuter trains which run to Liverpool Street from Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and Ipswich. The Stadlers will replace trains on the Intercity, Stansted Express and rural lines.
If you can’t make it on Friday don’t despair, follow this link for a 360-degree desktop tour instead. As more companies utilise VR for branding and advertising purposes VRFocus will keep you informed.