How AR/ VR is transforming the automotive sector

Enterprises are using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to improve their business operations according to the Capgemini Research Institute. A guide for investment by Capgemini found that out that in 82% of companies utilising AR/VR had the technologies meet or exceed their expectations. Now virtual reality companies can see more implementation of the technologies since this is moving and changing the automotive industry at a fast rate.

According to the report, AR generates productivity benefits due to streamlined workflows. For instance, technicians at Porsche use AR glasses to project step-by-step bulletins and schematic drawings across the line of vision, and at the same time, it allows remote experts to see what the technician sees, providing feedback. This shortens service resolution time by up to 40%.

VR, on the other hand, improves efficiency and safety as well as assisting in the management of complexities of tasks, boosting productivity. According to the report, VR is implemented at Airbus to integrate digital mock-ups into production environments. This allows assembly workers to complete 3D models of aircraft under production. Relatively, this reduces inspection time from 3 weeks to 3 days. Here more virtual reality companies are consulted.

75% of companies having large-scale AR/VR utilisation, with repair and maintenance as well as design and assembly making most of these, can attest operational advantages of over 10%.

Most popular uses of  AR and VR in automotive sectors are design and assembly as well as repair and maintenance.

29% to 31% of the companies are using AR/VR for repair and maintenance. This includes consultation of digital reference materials (31%), view components not in physical view digitally (30%) and superimpose on workstations step-by-step instructions (29%)

Companies using AR/VR for design and assembly do it for digital viewing of assembly instructions (28%), product performance simulation in extreme conditions (27%), visualisation of infrastructure from different angles (27%), and overlay design components onto existing modules (26%)

Ford uses VR technology to identify and engineer alternative actions by humans captured by body sensors during assembly. This according to the report resulted to reduction of employee injuries by 70%  and 90% drop in ergonomic issues.

VR implementation by Ford allows the viewer at production to experience the car from the perspective of a customer. The staff can know what it is like to be in a certain vehicle, whether as a taller man or a shorter woman. At BMW, engineers and designers use VR to collaborate effectively by testing how different car components appear when assembled without physical prototyping. This significantly reduces the engineering process expenses. At this rate, augmented reality and virtual reality companies will be consulted more by firms in the automotive sector around the world. There are reports that AR is more complex than VR yet more beneficial. Nevertheless, employing the two technologies is considerably transforming the automotive industry.

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