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Long-distance bus company debuts virtual reality experience for Las Vegas commuters

FlixBus

FlixBus

German busing company FlixBus offers VR headsets to passengers who upgrade to its “panorama seats.” The headsets feature an array of games and cinematic elements.

Passengers traveling to and from Las Vegas on this long-distance bus service will have an added entertainment option — a virtual reality experience.

German busing company FlixBus, which began service for as low as $2.99 between Las Vegas to stops in Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego on May 31, added the VR headsets to its list of offerings for passengers who upgrade to its “panorama seats.” The Pico’s Goblin headsets, which retail for about $200, have an array of games and cinematic elements available, from virtual basketball to floating through outer space.

There are also 3D experiences such as diving to the bottom of the Red Sea or walking across the Arctic with penguins, FlixBus officials said. They say it is the world’s first virtual reality experience on long-distance buses.

“Las Vegas seemed like a natural choice when we were considering on which routes to launch our virtual reality pilot program,” said Pierre Gourdain, managing director of FlixBus USA.

FlixBus also offers e-ticketing, free Wi-Fi and power outlets on each seat. The “Where’s My Bus” GPS live tracking and an automated Delay-Management System helps guests track bus arrival times and whereabouts.

The U.S. earlier this year became the 28th country the company operates in. FlixBus operates 200,000 daily connections to over 12,000 routes across the world, including 24 stops in California, six in Arizona and three in Nevada from Las Vegas.