It’s a virtual world.
To people who might not know, it may look like 26-year old David Kuri is gaming at work.
What he’s actually doing is supporting designers and engineers at Volkswagen with developing software that transforms virtual reality into a practical tool. Working at the Virtual Engineering Lab of Volkswagen Group IT as a VR Developer, David’s work with VR contributes to a faster and more efficient development of vehicles.
Though he previously worked for an international computer game company, Kuri’s work is not vastly different from what he used to do. While using the VR software he helped program, he can create an entire vehicle in his virtual world. With vigorous hand and arm movements, he creates an aerodynamic body with slim door handles and circular headlights.
In the same way, designers can shape the appearance of new Volkswagen models to the last detail without having to actually build a vehicle. But what’s stopping designers and engineers from simply building a physical prototype of a car?
Kuri explained, “That costs time and money. Also physical prototypes always only depict one specific stage in the decision-making processes, which is then outdated very quickly.”
Apart from these benefits, Kuri also highlighted VR’s potential in simulating aerodynamics: “In virtual reality, the car can be taking a lot of curves through a hilly landscape in southern Italy or zooming along a motorway in northern Germany.”
Whatever the future of virtual reality in the automotive industry, there’s one thing that’s certain: VR is a whole lot more than just game-playing.
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