With the new year in full swing, we take a look at some of the top-selling vehicles in SA by segment for December 2017.  • Can reduce production time of car prototypes by 30% • 95 000 simulations are carried out on models with up to 3 million elements in the development stage • Virtual reality used to analyse how workers move on the production line and improve their ergonomics Italy – The world of video games provided the impetus to virtual reality in the 80s and increasingly more sectors are now using this technology, such as the automotive industry.

VR has revolutionised the way to create and develop cars in recent decades. 6 cool features of virtual reality in car design: 1.

Designers with Full HD glasses These glasses enable them to immerse themselves in a driving experience that is similar to what future customers will have. Although the initial design of a new car always begins with pencil and paper, 3D technology soon comes into play.

Thanks to this, designers can not only evaluate purely creative aspects, but other more functional ones as well, which ensures that 90% if the initial sketches are viable. 2.

95 000 3D simulations per model Virtual reality plays an essential role in every development stage; 95000 simulations were performed in the case of the new SEAT Ibiza, which is twice as many as for the previous generation. Among other tests carried out, virtual collisions are staged so that future cars are safer than ever. Read more from wheels24.co.za…

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