Hyper Reality Test Drive – Volkswagen

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Working for Volkswagen Group China Import, Framestore created the VW Touareg Hyper Reality Test Drive, along with key technology partner and motion capture specialists Noitom. Framestore built on its aptitude for groundbreaking experiential content to develop this, the world’s first live VR test drive experience.

Seated as a passenger in the VW car on a real-life stunt track, and equipped with a bespoke customised Oculus VR headset, test drive guests were taken on an exhilarating high velocity chase through other-worldly lands, as the vehicle comes under extraterrestrial fire – with only its in-built technology smarts to help it.

Through an artful interweaving of the physical and virtual, the experience offered users an immersive encounter with the Touareg: combining real test drive physics with a world class virtual view that, in the manner of the ultimate test drive, delivered on both functionality and thrill.

Framestore scripted the experience, plotting a hero’s journey across a four-act structure that shone a light on the Touareg’s advanced in-built technology. The creative studio’s Art Department supplied initial artwork for the experience’s characters and three stylised off-world environments.

Central to the script were the Touareg’s next level features, which offer heroic escape from the narrative’s tumult of dangers. Strategically placed throughout the experience, the features created suspense and thrill, and form critical 4D touchpoints between the virtual and physical worlds.

The physical experience covers acreage akin to a football pitch; the script was mapped, and 4D elements plotted to create action highlights. A custom trigger system ensures total synchronicity between in-game and real world, for all six vehicles running the test drive at any one time. The experience sound design – a bespoke soundtrack by Goldstein, engineered by GCVRS, as well as Mandarin and English voiceover – was overlaid in a complex arrangement reflecting the user’s movements within the 4D experience, with the flexibility to play in line with the content triggers.