BMW relies on AR and VR in production and training: Page 2 of 2

April 10, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
BMW relies on AR and VR in production and training
The BMW Group is increasingly using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) applications in its production. AR and VR images can be displayed through special glasses or on normal tablet computers. This makes them ideal for use in production in the areas of training and qualification, workstation planning on the production line or quality control, the carmaker finds.

In the course of this year, the tool shop at the Munich location will completely convert the incoming inspection of delivered tools to the AR application. The tedious comparison between CAD data on the screen and the tool will then finally be a thing of the past.


Another AR application that BMW is now using is the comparison of a vehicle's design data with its actual implementation. Using AR glasses on pre-production vehicles, experts can check the design maturity and correct installation position of components in these vehicles. For example, it can be determined whether a fender complies with the prescribed dimensions, whether an exhaust system has the correct installation position or whether all the necessary parts have been installed.

The visualization of the corresponding CAD data only takes a few seconds. Data from several parts can be combined as desired and placed over the camera image of the tablet PC. An algorithm calculates 'best fit', i.e. the ideal position of individual components in relation to each other, and highlights important design features. The application, developed jointly with the Fraunhofer Institute for Graphical Data Processing, thus provides important information on whether design adjustments are necessary before a model goes into production and whether manufacturing processes have already reached series maturity.


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