There is no doubt that the auto industry has changed rapidly. Most of the changes are driven by technology, while others are driven by environmental concerns. Electric vehicles (EVs) have become popular because they are better for the environment, while self-driving cars improve safety. Electric vehicles produce less greenhouse gases and air pollutants than gasoline and diesel cars.
Many automakers also build self-driving cars as they improve safety and reduce environmental pollution. A large amount of gasoline is burned when people drive at high speed, brake and accelerate excessively. Self-driving cars run efficiently, which means less gas is burned and less battery power is consumed. This reduces air pollution and has a positive effect on energy consumption.
Technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are constantly reshaping the way cars are built and used, propelling the auto industry into a great future. Automotive designers, engineers and researchers are using augmented reality and virtual reality to meet industry challenges. Here’s how the two technologies are making inroads into the automotive industry.
Virtual reality transforms automotive design processes
The process of designing new vehicles is usually long and can take up to five years. Virtual reality has helped speed it up. Technology allows automotive designers and engineers to develop concepts much faster. Designers are able to render initial car concepts in 3D using virtual reality and develop them faster.
The design process begins with brainstorming, and virtual reality creates collaborative immersive environments, offering designers and engineers new ways to work on projects together. It allows users to share visual data, individual files, and quickly upload information. With virtual reality, collaborative work transcends geographic restrictions, helping design teams create a great automotive experience in virtual reality.
AR in product development
Most automotive engineers typically combine reality with digital content to design new products, and AR helps them achieve that. AR also helps engineers repair existing models, not just design new ones. Mercedes engineers are now using AR to provide technical assistance to drivers, offering real-time remote assistance. As engineers design new car engines, AR allows them to see how new parts will fit into existing designs. This saves them time and reduces development costs.
VR and AR in vehicle manufacturing
Automakers are now using virtual reality to reconfigure and optimize assembly lines. It allows them to build a virtual assembly line and perform preliminary checks on workflows. Thanks to its immersive nature, VR enables automakers to do this on a large scale. Engineers can walk the virtual assembly line and check if everything is okay.
AR, on the other hand, takes care of manufacturing, inspection and modernization. When engineers can see what a car will look like ahead of time, they know what they need to change to make it better. Ford now uses a virtual assembly lineto create an immersive environment for automotive designers, researchers and engineers.
RA also improves manufacturing and factory inspection. 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.