“We want to offer potential boat buyers the chance to get to know all our boats at their leisure in advance, regardless of time or place. We believe that users will find this service both useful and fun,” says Artturi Niittynen, Director of Sales and Marketing at Cross Boats.
The boats can be viewed in 360 degrees by rotating in all directions, both inside and out. The smallest of the boats in the Cross virtual piers is the Cross 49 BR bow rider, a multipurpose boat under 5 metres in length, and the largest is the impressive Cross 75 BR bow rider at over seven metres in length.
The aim of the virtual environments is to enable customers who are planning to purchase a boat to familiarise themselves with the model and its features, as well as experience what it is like to be onboard, operate and live on the boat. The 3D views can also be used by dealers to present the boat models in their showrooms.
“In the virtual world, the boats are already in the water, so they can be viewed as if standing on the pier from the front, side and above, as well as from inside the cabin. Because the boats are in their actual environment, the impression matches reality as closely as possible," says Niittynen.
Customers can move about the virtual piers by clicking with their mouse or tapping on the touchscreen. Hotspots from which boats can be viewed are displayed on the piers as arrow symbols. The i-symbol opens up more detailed information about each boat, and when moving above the boat or into the cabin, the interior of the boat can be viewed from all angles.
“The idea of offering this virtual world started with tools that we use internally to present and research new boat concepts. It was a natural move to extend the interactive presentation format for use also by our dealers and customers," Niittynen explains.
The first version of the Cross virtual worlds is now available. Customers are encouraged to offer feedback about the user experience in order to further develop the virtual features as fast as possible.
- Visit the Cross World virtual environment here: cross.boats/en/virtual