The unicorn ( a privately-held start up with a current value of over US$1bn [R16,2bn]), Next Earth, described as a sustainability-focused Metaverse, has announced a partnership with Vueling, a Spanish low-cost airline, and Iomob, (a transport company that has an app which enables users to plan real-world journeys while allowing them to schedule numerous services like taxis, scooters and more).
The strategic alliance will collaborate in the development of tools and services enabling ’Next Earthians‘ to plan real-Earth journeys, track carbon emissions and book carbon-positive transport via the Metaverse and Iomob's companion app. Vueling Airlines will be the first to enable real flight bookings in Next Earth, accessible via QR codes through an accompanying mobile app.
"Visualising real-world journeys and using a Metaverse interface to select and book the least polluting trip has never been done before," says Distribution Strategy and Alliances Manager of Vueling, Jesus Monzo.
Next Earth is becoming the centre of the Metaversal Industrial Revolution with its unique, 1-to-1 recreation of the Earth. With Vueling Airlines, this new venture makes intermodal mobility more accessible by tapping into 7 000 taxi fleets, micro-mobility in 270+ cities, thousands of parking spaces and 480+ public transit feeds.
“We are working alongside Next Earth to create the transportation infrastructure that enables a more exciting and purposeful way to traverse the planet," says CEO of Iomob, Boyd Cohen. "Airlines are actively strategising ways to be present in the Metaverse, so extending our relationship with Vueling Airlines to augment their Web3 bookings is a fantastic initiative for everyone." Web3 is the next new iteration of the internet, based on blockchain technology.)