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VR Technologies Provides for Accelerated Collaboration for Vehicle Development

On December 15, 2022, Honda announced that it is leveraging advanced virtual reality (VR) technology to help develop future vehicles ranging from the company’s full-electric 2024 Honda Prologue to the all-new 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport.

Honda stated that VR has quickly become a critical tool for its designers in the development of future mobility products. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions threatened the ability of Honda designers to collaborate with engineers on the design of the automotive manufacturer’s new Prologue vehicle.

Utilizing VR, the LA-based design team accelerated collaboration with various engineering and design groups through VR environments. The computer aided design model enabled global design teams to receive immediate feedback and apply refinements to the clay modeling, color, material and finishes. As a result, Prologue design development not only remained on track, but the real-time global collaboration advanced the team’s capabilities and the role of VR design moving forward.

While Honda Prologue also deployed traditional design processes by having a full-size exterior clay model to refine the details, Honda stated that the interior design execution was mainly carried-out by VR technology. For interior design, the company stated that these virtual methods helped to transform the design process and provided visualization of unlimited color and materials applications, improved collaboration, and allowed for quicker feedback.

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