Prospective customers at Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Germany can now experience a car in real-time in different configurations: a drive or ride via virtual reality goggles is on offer as part of the sales experience. Those interested in the new A-Class can also configure and specify their car on a 3D augmented reality smartphone or tablet Read More..
Volvo Cars is working with Microsoft to jointly develop next-generation automotive technologies. The cooperation will look at autonomous driving technologies and the use of connected-car data. Volvo and Microsoft this week demonstrated how the use of Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed-reality computer system could allow customers to virtually configure cars in three dimensions. Bjoern Annwall, Volso’s sales Read More..
RTT and Canon are joining forces to help companies speed up development times in the product design process. RTT, a Germany-based 3d software specialist, said it has agreed with Canon, a Japanese maker of digital imaging hardware and software, to combine its RTT DeltaGen high-end 3d visualization software with Canon’s new Mreal mixed reality platform. Read More..
Automakers mostly still believe customers need to touch and feel a car before buying it, but a new technology developed in Germany may give a big boost to virtual new car model presentations. Inreal Technologies, a Karlsruhe-based virtual-reality company that specializes in product presentations, has developed a terminal that brings the virtual experience a step Read More..
Mercedes-Benz has inaugurated two new climatic wind tunnels that will enable the German premium carmaker to test new vehicles’ performance in extreme weather conditions early in the development process. The wind tunnels, located at Mercedes’ Sindelfingen, Germany, site, can produce temperatures ranging from minus 40 to plus 60 degrees Celsius, hurricanes with wind speeds of Read More..
Researchers at the Technical University Munich (TUM) have developed a virtual reality system that is more flexible, costs less and doesn’t take up as much space as previous technologies. The so-called Flexible Reconfigurable Cave (FRAVE) allows full immersion by an engineer or a designer who can get physically inside the system to envisage the interior Read More..
The German government has extended by almost three years a research project that aims to improve security and reliability of technical equipment and processes. The project may help improve electric-vehicle battery technology. The Ministry for Education and Research is backing the so-called ViERforES project with an additional 5.8 million euros and is extending its life Read More..
Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a wide-area traffic simulation system that allows the reproduction of traffic flows involving tens of thousands of vehicles. â€œThe new simulator makes it possible to verify in advance the effectiveness of a variety of traffic policies designed to improve traffic flow,â€ the Japanese research laboratory, part of the Fujitsu group, said Read More..
Volkswagen plans to use more virtual-reality technology to train its service technicians. The German automaker hopes its use of â€œaugmented-realityâ€ technology will better train technicians and help their understanding of the technical innovations it is building into new models. VWâ€™s augmented-reality technology projects computer-generated information onto a vehicle, giving the technician a virtual look under Read More..