The video games provided the impetus to virtual reality in the 80s and increasingly more sectors are now using this technology, such as the automotive industry. VR has revolutionised the way to create and develop cars in recent decades. Here are the some cool features of virtual reality in car design.
Designers with full HD glasses: These glasses enable them to immerse themselves in a driving experience that is similar to what future customers will have. Although the initial design of a new car always begins with pencil and paper, 3D technology soon comes into play. Thanks to this, designers can not only evaluate purely creative aspects, but other more functional ones as well, which ensures that 90% of the initial sketches are viable.
Ninety five thousand 3D simulations per mode: Virtual reality plays an essential role in every development stage; 95000 simulations were performed in the case of the new SEAT Ibiza, which is twice as many as for the previous generation. Among other tests carried out, virtual collisions are staged so that future cars are safer than ever. During the approximately three and a half years of development that go into a car, up to three million elements are analysed using simulations, a figure which was limited to about only 5000 items 30 years ago.
Thirty percent reduction in prototype production time: This technology has enabled to reduce by half the number of prototypes that need to be made physically prior to launching a new model. It also allows their production time to be lowered by 30%. Unlike several decades ago, today the latest tools make improvements and decision making much faster.
More than 800 areas of improvement for each model: This reduction in time and resources in the production of a car has a direct effect on customers, precision and quality of the product, and the final price.