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Volkwagen rolls out virtual reality technology

Volkswagen has become the first automotive manufacturer to implement Virtual Reality (VR) technology throughout the group, in order to facilitate improved communications on a global scale.

According to Volkswagen, the technology makes it possible for Group colleagues to meet in a virtual 'room', creating the ideal conditions for cross-brand and cross-site collaboration.

As part of the cross-brand cooperation under the umbrella of Group Logistics and the "Digital Factory", the Digital Realities Team is currently developing further virtual reality applications for production and logistics at the Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA and Volkswagen brands using the HTC VIVE Business Edition, a special VR headset developed specifically for businesses.

Dennis Abmeier, Group IT and a member of the Digital Realities Team, said 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," Abmeier said.

"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, described the added value of virtual reality solutions.

"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," Synowski said.

"That will make our daily teamwork much easier and save a great deal of time." Rolling out VR technologies is therefore an important step towards the digital, networked and efficient production of the future."

(Image L-R: Mathias Synowski, Group Logistics, and Dennis Abmeier, Group IT)
Source: Volkswagen AG

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