Ford VR experience at NAIAS lets you ride through national parks in a brand new Explorer

Published: Jan. 17, 2019 at 4:21 PM EST
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(01/17/19) - The 2019 North American International Auto Show is days away from opening to the public.

Vehicles are spread throughout the main floor of Cobo Hall awaiting a flurry of car lovers who will flock to Detroit to check out the best of what the industry has to offer.

Among the exhibits is a virtual reality display by Ford Motor Co. that gives you a chance to get behind the wheel of a 2020 Ford Explorer with some incredible views.

Once the VR headset is strapped on, you'll see more than the latest design. The experience begins with a helicopter flying above your head. Riders will get to go on a virtual journey through a few of the national parks all without ever leaving Cobo Hall.

"Most of them have been self-contained where you sit on some sort of platform, explains Dan Rose with Ford. "This is the first free rolling (track) that will take you in a vehicle and take you through the experience."

To find the Ford VR display, look for Babe the Big Blue Ox.

If virtual reality isn't your thing, General Motors has its own virtual experience planned that will let you work on your swing. It's a virtual home run derby giving players eight tries to see how far they can hit the ball.

The NAIAS is open to the public January 14-27, 2019.

Visit the link provided to learn more about times, tickets and more.