Kia introduces a virtual reality system for car design


The presentation took place in the head-center of the corporation in Korean Namidari. The main task of the presented system is to improve the quality and effectiveness of the process of developing new models of cars through the introduction of virtual reality technology.

The technology implies the use of a set of applications for developers that allow collectives of designers, designers and engineers to assess the quality of design work and monitor all processes and intermediate results related to the development of a new model.

The development of this new technology has become part of the implementation of the Announced KIA in March 2019 of the Investment Plan in the amount of US $ 12.8 million in the development of the Center for Research and Final Design Development in Nyang. After a full-scale implementation of the system, the company expects a 20 percent reduction in the time required for the creation of each model, as well as a 15 percent reduction in annual project work costs.

«The use of virtual reality in development is a necessary step that allows you to quickly evaluate customer needs and changes in global trends in the automotive industry, and respond to them with the necessary flexibility,» Albert Birmann (AlbertBiernn) explains the head of the research and development of HyundaimotorGroup. — thanks to more active use and improvement of virtual processes, we will increase both the quality of work and their profitability. It will also allow to increase investment in R & D, which will provide us with the preservation of competitiveness and in the development of future mobility systems. «

The ability to simultaneously work 20 users

Virtual reality helmets allow designers, designers and engineers working on a car, to carry out virtual modeling. 36 motion sensors determine the location of all users and monitor their movement, which allows each of the work participants to act in real time. The new VR system supports participation of up to 20 users at the same time.

Thus, new advanced technologies are opening up before designers and designers, it is possible to more effectively explore projects at an earlier stage of development and in such ways that were previously impossible simply physically. The system is able to simulate elements of external design and design, car interior, lighting, colors and materials, and even form virtual surrounding conditions.

In addition, it is planned to create conditions for remote evaluation of development using virtual reality. This will establish cooperation in real time between the design centers of each of the brands located in Europe, America, China and India, as well as to expand the possibilities of the virtual design process by applying augmented reality (AR) together with other technologies.

Project quality control using virtual reality

KIA has formed a new project quality assessment system using VR in March 2019. For this, data of volumetric computer design systems (CAD) were involved, collected at each stage of the car development. These data were used to assess the quality of each of the design and design developments in the virtual reality environment. The project quality assessment system using VR is able to ensure 100% accurate modeling, while the possibilities of previous digital estimates were limited to two-dimensional analysis and did not allow for detailed estimates of the element analyzed in action.

Processes for assessing the quality of projects using VR also have an incredibly high potential for the development of security technologies, since the design participants can conduct virtual testing of vehicles in a wide range of simulated conditions, situations and environmental options. As ambient conditions, highways, city roads, mountain relief, tunnels, conditions of poor illumination and visibility can be modeled, and many other options.

Virtual reality also allows developers to model the work of individual elements and vendors of the car, for example — doors, trunk lids, hood covers, janitors. In addition, the system allows engineers and designers to more effectively test ergonomics and aerodynamics of the car.

KIA is planning to further expand the use of VR on production and assembly lines to form more ergonomic, efficient and safe working conditions.

Creating a highly efficient car development cycle

For those cases where previous quality assessment processes could only be launched since the production of a test copy of the car, now they will be able to be fully implemented in the virtual environment already at the preparation stage. Quality assessment using virtual models and technologies in the early stages of design certainly contributes to improving the quality control of real serial cars.

As a further development of the quality assessment of the virtual digital model, large-scale use of VR is considered when developing systems and solutions of the future mobility, for example — vehicles with autonomous piloting systems. Such virtual control processes should help fundamentally speed up the stages of development and implementation, which will allow the company to more accurately respond to a rapidly changing market situation.