Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), the German automotive giant Daimler AG’s Indian commercial vehicle affiliate, launched a Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) on Tuesday, enabling operators to conduct virtual serviceability and usability tests.
The operators, according to DICV, will use a digital model accessible through 3D goggles and navigational joysticks.
The VRC has the potential to significantly improve both research and development (R&D) and vehicle maintenance practices by eliminating the need for custom-built equipment, prototype cars, and service bays.
It has the ability to significantly improve the pace, scope, and cost-effectiveness of commercial vehicle servicing and research and development, according to Satyakam Arya, Managing Director, and CEO of DICV.
Noting that each model is tested for ease of servicing and maintenance prior to consumer introduction, he explained: “The normal process is to create a prototype version of the vehicle and then evaluate how service technicians will reach its components and conduct repairs.” This method is replicated before the car is ready for mass production.
“With the VRC, we would be able to exclude all of those prototype-building iterations in favor of virtual modeling and checking.” That would expedite the growth phase and free up money for further portfolio enhancements.”
Another advantage of augmented reality in the remote networking tools it provides. DICV is able to exchange digital templates with Daimler Truck colleagues worldwide without the requirement for a physical model and workspace, Arya said.