Volvo uses gaming technology to make their cars safer
Yes, you read correctly, Volvo engineers will be using gaming technology to improve the safety of their vehicles. They are calling it ‘the ultimate driving simulator’, and no, this is not some excuse to play video games all day but rather a breakthrough in bettering safety and autonomous driving technology. The Swedish automakers will be using state-of-the-art technology from the leading real-time 3D development platform Unity and Finnish virtual, and mixed reality experts Varjo. The simulator will involve driving real vehicles on real roads.
It will work by combining life-like, high-definition 3D graphics, a reality headset, and a full-body Teslasuit that provides haptic feedback from the virtual world, while also monitoring the body’s reactions. The combination of software and hardware will allow the engineers at Volvo to simulate scenarios on a real test track road with a real car. From this, the engineers will gain important insight into the interaction between people and the vehicle, which will help develop new safety, driver assistance, and autonomous driving features.