Yamaha (Iwata) — Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that the company will commence services from November 1, 2019 using the SC-1 entertainment vehicle – sociable cart jointly developed with the Sony Corporation. The first services will start at the Kanucha Bay Resort (Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture) and at the Southeast Botanical Gardens (Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture).
As well as images of the surroundings captured by cameras, the SC-1 can project a range of video and mixed reality (MR) images which suit its current location onto the high-resolution displays installed on the vehicle interior and exterior. Doing so creates an entertainment space unmatched by any traditional vehicle, aiming to provide a more enjoyable low-speed mobility value to occupants and people nearby.
This service Moonlight Cruise will be an experience held on the SC-1 after sunset. With the autonomous driving function, passengers can enjoy entertainment content created by mixed reality technology based on night driving scenes projected by ultra-sensitive image sensors and high-resolution displays without having to control the vehicle.
This service provides a number of surprises that stimulate the senses of the passengers, and create a supernatural, out of this world show under the stars. As an added attraction, two types of content have been prepared in order for more customers to enjoy.
In the future, both companies will expand similar services to amusement and/or commercial facilities in order to provide new mobile experiences to customers.