A new cooperation between car manufacturer Nissan and VR start-up HaptX ensures the integration of haptic VR gloves in the development process of car models. The HaptX glove makes it possible to manually test the simulated interior of vehicles within the virtual environment and thereby improve future design steps. This not only cuts costs, but also creates a realistic and natural virtual work environment.
Nissan and HaptX Partnership to Optimize Car Design with Haptic VR Gloves
In the future, Nissan will rely on VR technology to improve the design process in car development. For this, the HaptX VR glove of the company of the same name is used. This allows to test the interior of automobiles in virtual 3D environment under realistic conditions. Thus, the steering wheel, switch or glove compartment in the simulation is close enough to touch, making future design decisions can be made.
Thanks to haptic feedback even a natural feeling when touching the objects is simulated. To make this possible, various sensors and over 130 actuators are installed within the VR input device. These are small cavities that are filled to match the simulated object with a liquid to generate back pressure. The use of VR technology in car development brings with it some advantages, as the partners announce. Joe Michaels, HaptX Chief Revenue Officer, says optimistic about future cooperation:
“We enter a new era of design where Nissan points the way. We are honored that our HaptX glove is being used as a tool by the world-class design team at Nissan. Working together, we can radically improve the vehicle design process, enabling car manufacturers to make better and faster decisions. “
In addition, thanks to VR technology, it is possible to save enormous resources. By simulating the vehicles in 3D, the construction of physical prototypes is passé. A costly and time-consuming process that can take years. This time span should now be reduced to days, thereby enabling a better end product for the customers at the same time. So announces Jake Rubin, CEO of HaptX:
“Car manufacturers faced imperfect options in the design process. Conventional VR controllers are unnatural, inadequate, and do not provide realistic feedback, while physical models of physical size are very expensive and limited in utility. HaptX gloves address these limitations by enabling car designers to feel their new vehicle models throughout the design process and enable rapid prototyping within the VR. “
According to the company, the method should have already been used in the development of two Nissan models. These include the Nissan Leaf and the Nissan IMs.