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Choose your new caravan at home with industry-first virtual reality experience

Slowly, but surely, automotive technology is finding its way into Australia’s RV industry.

First it was WiFi interactivity, allowing remote monitoring and operation of many features, then styling, as epitomised by new owner Walkinshaw’s emerging influence on the New Age range.

Now Queensland's Zone RV has the tools ready to bypass retailers with the imminent introduction of its new Virtual Reality showroom that it says will change the way consumers experience and buy caravans.
New software, developed exclusively for Zone RV is claimed to be the first fully configurable virtual reality caravan program. The VR experience allows potential buyers wearing a set of gaming glasses, to be fully immersed in the caravan experience, enabling them to walk through the Zone RV range, switching models at will and altering layouts, decor and other details via a hand-held wand.

The technology is easy to use and enables users to browse a life-size catalogue to explore all the features. From our first-hand experience, you certainly don't have to be a gaming guru to get the hang of it.
This functionality is particularly useful for fussy caravan customers, as the platform works with the same digital CAD files that Zone RV uses to design and produce the real finished caravan. This means the physical dimensions; the quality of finish and the user experience is about as close as you can get to being inside your own Zone RV van.

As gamers will know, VR is an immersive experience, which transports the user into a different space that doesn’t recognise actual physical boundaries. So, for safety, the Zone RV software incorporates a virtual ‘fence’, which needs to be set to keep you within safe physical boundaries wherever you're experiencing the virtual tour.
Currently, the experience is available for all room-scale virtual reality devices but in the future, there will be an app experience to bring the VR into your lounge room. This technology will allow buyers to customise their own van design, include upgrades, generate a quote, generate tare weight details and a build order that automatically syncs with Zone RV CAD software and is submitted to a sales portal.

Far more sophisticated than the Matterport virtual tour that Paradise motorhome is using and that Zone RV adopted back in 2016. Zone RV’s Sales & Marketing Director, Matt Johns, said the new VR software allowed potential customers to explore all aspects of their prospective caravan and to make critical decisions on its size, layout, options and decor.

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Cool. I like the ability to choose changes that most of the current manufacturers have been so hardheaded about. Maybe I don’t want an island in the otherwise perfect floor plan.

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