Gray Line N.Y. adds languages to 4 tours

Posted on November 27, 2012

Beginning in spring 2013, Gray Line New York will offer four of its most popular tours in a variety of new languages to accommodate their growing international customer base.

The Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and Night Tours will be pre-recorded in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean. Customers will have the option of listening to the live guide in English on their headset system or one of the alternate languages on a separate channel. This free service marks the first time that multilingual tours are available on double-decker buses in New York City, as it is exceptionally difficult to sustain this type of technology in such a high-traffic city, according to the company.

The audio commentary system will be supplied by specialist v6e, which utilizes a unique tracking system that maps the precise location of the vehicle using digital mapping software with the on-bus gyro to ensure that the right commentary is played in the right place.

The units installed in the Gray Line New York buses are derived from v6e’s existing product range but have been modified to suit the particular requirements of the customer, including a new rapid-fit system that helped with the installation of a large number of units. This technology is especially difficult to operate in New York City, where canyons from tall buildings affect the GPS system and dead zones from diplomat buildings limit airways, making Gray Line New York’s services a landmark for the city.

The recordings consist of tour narration, music and sound effects, which mimic the street sounds of New York City, so riders will get the full experience of traveling throughout New York. The voiceover actors were carefully selected through a series of auditions, chosen for the tone of their voice and their authenticity.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

FMCSA awards grants to train military vets to drive buses, trucks

The current Commercial Motor Vehicle - Operator Safety Training Grant Program awards are projected to go toward training more than 250 people.

FMCSA proposes enhancements to Safety Measurement System's public website

While the Federal Register announcement responds to comments received following the June 29, 2015, notice, no changes will be implemented in the public SMS website display until after completion of the National Academies of Sciences Correlation Study as required by Section 5221 of the FAST Act.

ABA Foundation to double scholarship amounts in 2017

Also announced that all proceeds raised from ABA’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace Live and Silent Auctions will be allocated to the ABAF’s Fund a Future program to fund this scholarship initiative.

C&J Bus Lines installs Flyte Systems to keep real-time updates on airline schedules

C&J Bus Lines, a New England a transportation provider, installed FlyteBoard flight information displays at three of its terminals.

Calif. Governor signs 2 motorcoach safety bills

One bill requires buses designed to carry 39 or more passengers and made after July 1, 2020, to be equipped with emergency lighting that would be automatically activated in the event of a collision.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close