Researching and finding your next car through virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) just got easier with a series of updates to automotive research app RelayCars.
The VR version of the app, available on iOS, Android, Oculus Go, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and Windows Mixed Reality (MR), is on its eighth iteration.
The AR version, downloadable through the Apple App Store and Google Play, received its first update at the same time.
RelayCars VR puts the user behind the wheel of hundreds of three-dimensional (3D) cars created by agency Evox Images. The new AR version lacks this immersion, but users can still decide on what vehicle is the best fit for them before trying one for real.
The updates to RelayCars AR include 20 new vehicles, such as trucks, SUVs, and sedans from brands like Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Ford, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota.
A new user interface has been introduced for increased functionality and ease of use, as well as a new button for quicker access to vehicles and an option for sharing vehicles via social media and email.
Gina Callari, chief operating officer of EVOX Images, said of the new updates: “Every RelayCars app update we present is developed with the car shopper and their experience in mind. As the use of AR continues to grow, our newest upgrade is intended to present a more seamless way for users to find their future car through realistic technology.”
The release of Oculus Quest heightens the potential of RelayCars VR.
In a recent blog post, the app creators enthused about the new headset’s 6DOF capabilities, which will allow users to “move around the space, kneel down, get closer to the steering wheel, check out a decal on the trunk—much like you’d do when walking around a real car”.
“It gets you that much closer to a realistic experience. So instead of trudging to a litany of different dealerships when looking for a new car, you can browse through various options the same way you shop for everything else: online.”
Watch the promo video below for a preview of the eighth iteration of RelayCars VR:
Image credit: RelayCars