National Express West Midlands has launched what it says is the UK’s first on-bus infotainment system. The National Express VUER (View, Unwind, Enjoy, Relax) app allows passengers to view films, TV, news and magazines online free of charge, as well as allowing them to access free Wi-Fi. The service is available on the operator’s X1 (between Birmingham and Coventry via the airport and the NEC), X2 (Birmingham, Yardley, Sheldon and Solihull via Old Lode Lane) and X61 (Birmingham and Frankley via Northfield). The system was initially rolled out on National Express coaches at the end of 2016. The films and TV programmes are stored in a box installed on a bus, ready to be picked up and watched on the customer’s phone. It is updated every day.
MD of National Express West Midlands, Peter Coates, said, ‘It’s very exciting to be the first operator to launch an on-bus infotainment system. It means our customers can now unwind, relax and get the most out of their journey. Passengers on three Platinum express services can now browse the internet, read up to £20 worth of magazines, enjoy films and television programmes for both adults and kids, all for the cost of a bus ticket.’