Munich– Technology has brought colossal of changes to every sector including the Auto sector with every brand trying its best to make use of it. Recently BMW Group has started the use of augmented reality (AR) in vehicle concept and prototype engineering. This will speed up the development by a year, from individual vehicle sections through to complex production stages.

AR goggles works wonder for the auto sector, allow real geometries – on a vehicle body. Take for example; to be covered with true-to-scale holographic 3D models, so a range of idea variants and meeting processes for future series vehicles can be used flexibly and economically.

Michael Schneider, head of Complete Vehicle at the Pilot Plant: “The AR goggles and CAD data allow us to find out much more quickly whether the production worker will be able to fit the component properly later on, in series production. That way, we need far fewer test setups.”

Christoph Leibetseder, head of Digitalisation, Prototyping and Measurement Technologies at the Pilot Plant adds: “Another key advantage is that it saves us time and money when we integrate new vehicles into production.”

 3D visualization of vehicles

The visualization of the vehicles along with their components take place on a platform linked to the Group’s product data management system. In a realistic environment, CAD files of components are drag-and-dropped from the web-based database to the AR goggles. The specialists can then utilize to create the data in 3D and their original size. The AR application is controlled by hand, allows interaction with components virtually. The AR application helps to modify the size, position and angle of components. It also helps to view the inner structures of the vehicle. It allows collaborative working with people at different regions can now employ multi-user mode to team up and review designs and reduce error.

BMW’s collaboration with start-up and research organisation

The BMW Group is working with a Munich-based start-up and a research organization as part of the project. The group is working on the development and piloting the first augmented reality application commenced within a year at the BMW Group’s Vehicle Pilot Plant in Munich. According to the company it is working on the research and methodology development which focuses on cloud-based visualizations along with smart object recognition.

Group’s pilot plant as a competence centre

The BMW Group’s Pilot Plant is located in Munich, with three other centres in Hallbergmoos, Oberschleissheim and Garching. With a total area of 100,000 m2, the centre employs around 850 employees, who work on up to six vehicle projects at the same time. The Pilot Plant can assemble both electrically and combustion-powered prototypes, like its series plant. The pilot plant helps in the production, series assembly processes to be refined to maturity, ready for transfer to regular plants where they are used in series production. The Plant consists of some of the important parts such the body shop as well as assembly, prototype and concept car construction units, the Additive Manufacturing Centre and a centre of excellence for 3D printing.

Navdeep Nandre

Navdeep Nandre

Curious and creative as a person, I have done masters in Mass Communication from Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism. Started my professional career as a Journalist and have covered Health, Education, Real Estate, StartUps, Auto Sectors, etc. Also tried my hands with the PR sector and have worked with some of the renowned PR agencies of India. Favourite Car: Volvo S90 Quote: Strength is life and weakness is death