No question about it, the automotive industry has changed rapidly. Most changes are driven by technology, while others are brought on by environmental concerns. Electric vehicles (EVs) have become popular because they are better for the environment, while autonomous cars enhance safety. EVs produce fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants compared to petrol and diesel cars.
Autonomous cars are also being built by many car manufacturers because they enhance safety and lower environmental pollution. A lot of gas is burned when people drive at high speeds, brake, and re-accelerate excessively. Autonomous cars run efficiently, which means less gas is burned and less battery power is consumed. This lowers air pollution and has a positive effect on energy consumption.
Technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are constantly reshaping how cars are built and used, propelling the auto industry to a great future. Car designers, engineers, and researchers are using AR and VR to solve the industry’s challenges. Here’s how the two technologies are making inroads in the automotive industry.
VR is Transforming Automotive Design Processes
The process for designing new vehicles is usually long and can take up to five years. VR has helped speed it up. The technology allows auto designers and engineers to develop concepts a lot faster. Designers are able to render initial car concepts in 3D using VR and develop them at a more rapid rate.
The design process starts with brainstorming, and VR creates collaborative immersive environments, offering designers and engineers new ways of working on projects together. It allows users to share visual data, individual files, and quickly upload information. With VR, collaborative working transcends geographical restrictions, helping design teams to create a great VR auto experience.
AR in Product Development
Most automotive engineers usually combine reality with digital content to design new products, and AR helps them to achieve this. AR also helps engineers to repair existing models, not just design new ones. Mercedes Engineers now use AR to provide technical support to drivers, offering remote assistance in real time. As engineers design new car engines, AR allows them to see how new parts will fit into existing designs. This saves them time and lowers development costs.
VR and AR in Vehicle Manufacturing
Auto manufacturers now use VR to reconfigure and optimize assembly lines. It allows them to construct a virtual assembly line and perform preliminary checks on workflows. Thanks to its immersive nature, VR enables automakers to do this at full-scale. Engineers can walk through the virtual assembly line and check whether everything is okay.
AR, on the other hand, supports manufacturing, inspection, and retrofitting. When engineers can see how a car will look in advance, they know what they need to change to make it better. Ford now uses a virtual assembly lineto create an immersive environment for car designers, researchers, and engineers.
AR also improves manufacturing and inspection on the factory floor. It helps designers match different design components to physical car models. Vehicle technicians and engineers can inspect cars using AR glasses and receive instructions without getting distracted.