Moviegoers Thrust Into Harsh Texting-And-Driving PSA
Theater patrons in Hong Kong were surprised with an interactive feature by Volkswagen.
Spectators at an MCL Cinema in Hong Kong were recently surprised by a Volkswagen PSA named Eyes on the Road about the consequences of texting and driving. Only this time, it was interactive.
The theater experience started out like any other with patrons filing in and taking their seats, snacks in hand. Advertisements and previews played before the feature presentation. Then, one ad started with a scene inside of the vehicle of the driver starting the engine, turning on the radio and driving through the countryside.
Behind the scenes, a crew used a location-based broadcaster to screen all mobile devices in the theater and timed a mass text to be sent out to moviegoers who had their phones on. The crew sent the text and just as everyone pulled out their phones, a sudden tire screech and jarring crash occurred on screen. Shortly after, the PSA informed the audience that mobile use is the leading cause of death behind the wheel and a reminder to keep their eyes on the road.