Unique, 360-degree technology has been used for shooting short films featuring MOL Bubi, the public bike-sharing system of Budapest with ever increasing popularity that has recently turned two years old. The first episode of the series explores the secrets of historic Buda with an apple-green bicycle and also gives useful tips on cycling in the city. Thanks to the innovative filming technique, viewers get to see the surroundings in full rotation if they wish, and have a unique, virtual reality experience. The films have English subtitles to encourage foreign tourists not only to visit the Hungarian capital, but also to try out the public bikes. MOL Bubi, featuring several innovative solutions, was launched in 2014 with further innovations to be mapped and integrated into the system.
BKK published on the MOL Bubi Facebook-page the first 360-degree short film demonstrating the interesting sights in Budapest and at the same enticing viewers to use the MOL Bubi public bikes. The 360-degree technology allows viewers to look around in all directions during the 4-minute film by moving their mobile phones or the mouse of their computers.
The first episode of the “virtual reality” series explores the secrets of historic Buda with the help of a tour guide riding a MOL Bubi bike. The short film features lesser known stories and legends about Buda’s streets and demonstrates the experience of exploring the secret sights on two wheels. The videos not only provide touristic information, but they also advise on safe cycling with MOL Bubi.
The MOL Bubi public bike-sharing system was inaugurated in 2014 and initially had 76 docking stations. BKK has been constantly developing MOL Bubi in response to the public bike-sharing system’s growing popularity since its launch. In the past two years a further 23 docking stations and 50 bikes have been added bringing up the total number of bikes to 1,150. System development continues this year too and accordingly 13 new docking stations and 120 bikes will be added to the network in the autumn of 2016. The opening of additional stations is planned for 2017.
Public bikes are the latest addition to public transport with the aim of offering passengers a new travel alternative for short trips in the city. Each bike hire with a MOL Bubi ticket or pass is free for 30 minutes which is sufficient time for exploring a few sites in the city centre on routes that are not covered by other public transport vehicles. For longer sight-seeing adventures though, it is still recommended to return your bike within half-an-hour and take a new one. More information about use and fares is available at molbubi.bkk.hu