In-vehicle entertainment: Audi, Marvel bring virtual-reality gaming to the back seat

| April 3, 2019

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Holoride might be the thing that puts an end to the interminable boredom of being in a car. Or, it could be a very quick way to give yourself motion sickness and ruin the upholstery. Developed by Audi in collaboration with Disney, Holoride’s first demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year had passengers wearing clunky virtual reality goggles to play a video game as they were driven briskly around a racetrack.

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