Volkswagen backs VR solutions for logistics

Experts from the Volkswagen Group have developed virtual reality applications for production and logistics that enable several participants to meet in a virtual reality (VR) room.
Following a test phase, the Volkswagen Group is now the first car manufacturer to roll out VR technology with the HTC VIVE-VR system.
The Volkswagen Digital Reality Hub developed for this purpose, together with the Innoactive startup, bundles all existing VR applications, users and tools on a single platform that recently made its public debut at the Digility conference and exhibition in Cologne.
“Virtual reality creates the ideal conditions for cross-brand and cross-site collaboration”, said Jasmin Müller from Audi Brand Logistics explains. Together with colleagues from the Group, she develops VR solutions for production and logistics as part of the cross-brand Digital Realities Team. They have already designed virtual reality logistics trainings, created virtual environments for workshops, or exchanged best practice examples in VR.
Dennis Abmeier from Group IT is also a member of the Digital Realities Team. He explained, “exchanging knowledge is just as important as bundling knowledge. That’s why we came up with the Volkswagen Digital Reality Hub central platform in collaboration with Innoactive. All employees have access to all existing VR elements as well as existing knowledge via the platform. That way, we enable individual units to implement new use cases quickly and jointly move in VR applications so they can plan new workflows interactively.”
Mathias Synowski, a VR user from Group Logistics, added,“Going forward, we can be virtual participants in workshops taking place at other sites or we can access virtual support from experts at another brand if we are working on an optimisation. That will make our daily teamwork much easier and save a great deal of time.”
As far as the technology is concerned, the VR end user device is the HTC VIVE Business Edition, a special VR headset developed specifically for businesses.
There was a live demonstration of the VR applications at Digility trade fair for augmented reality (AR) and VR technologies on July 5 and 6, 2017.

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