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Augmented reality trains VW service workers
Author: Christoph Hammerschmidt
Source From: EETimes
Posted Date: 2010-10-26
The company employs a video-based position system which determines the correct position of a projector as well as the observers relatively to the vehicle. The computer-generated image is then projected precisely to the vehicle's surface; participants can see what's under the car's skin without specific data goggles.
“The system projects 3D design data on the surface of a car in a way that they are exactly in perspective even under different visual angles. For the viewer, it creates a kind of 'virtual x-ray vision, enabling him to identify and regarding otherwise hidden components and structures within the car,” explained Juergen Leohold, director of Volkswagen corporate research. In addition, it is possible to superimpose component descriptions or animations. The functionality of hybrid drives including the complex energy flow this way could be explicated in a depth not possible with conventional teaching aids, Leohold added.
Fig. 1: The digital projection shows exaclty where parts are positioned - and it explains its functionality.
The augmented reality projection system in question has been developed jointly by Volkswagen corporate research and the Volkswagen Service Academy. For the start, the system is used for trainings on the Touareg Hybrid and Sharan models. In addition, Volkswagen uses the technology in areas such as vehicle design and production planning.
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