Virtual Reality Bike Simulation
Creating a bike ride simulator that uses real world scan data to get people comfortable in joining a bike share programme in Manchester.
We want people to feel comfortable riding shared bikes, so we let them try in VR first.
It's a easy as riding a bike! Well, for a lot of people, riding a bike in the congested city center of Manchester isn't that straight forward at all. Our VR simulated bike ride gets people used to the idea of renting a shared bike by letting them experience a virtual version of exactly that. Without any of the risks involved with riding a bike in real life.
Let’s build a VR bike riding simulator.
Using the network of CityVerve to enable innovative collaboration on an international level. Cooperating with several CityVerve partners enabled this bike simulator to use real-world scan data, the first of its kind in the world.
"At first I wanted to create an experience that people would have fun with, it then started to become apparent that this project and concept would have many real world applications”
Billy White, former Creative Multimedia student who builds interactive experiences for play. This project began with a concept to combine the physical and the virtual, cycling a physical bicycle but experiencing a virtual world allows people to take the reins and discover a multi-reality experience.
Applications of this VR experience.
VR is the absolute perfect place for people to train their bike riding skills. Using VR, a host of uncommon and dangerous situations can be simulated and participants can be taught what to do in certain conditions. And because there is no risk involved, participants can be exposed to dangerous situations a lot earlier in the learning process.
50% of being safe on a bike is feeling confident that you know what to do in unexpected situations. The bike simulator allows inexperienced participants to gain the necessary confidence to go out and rent a Mobike in real life.
And let's not forget that it's actually really fun! All kinds of gamification elements can be added to increase engagement, such as racing against other simulators or setting a record time on a lap around the city.
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