Ford's CAVE 3D Car Simulator
Ford’s 3D CAVE allows the brand to test and refine thousands of details of new car designs from the size and position of a cup-holder to rear-window visibility.
Designers and engineers at Ford are able to assess new cars before they're made thanks to the two company's 3D CAVE facilities located in Merkenich, Germany and in Dearborn, USA. Watch here under a demonstration on how the 3D stereoscopic CAVE works.
Video Tour of Ford's 3D Cave
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Realistic Surroundings and Virtual Cyclists
Engineers using the Cologne 3D CAVE (Computer Automated Virtual Environment) sit in a dummy car interior as vehicle 3D simulations are projected onto the ceiling and three surrounding walls. Wearing passive 3D polarising glasses and monitored by a motion-detecting infra-red head-tracking system, they interact with the virtual vehicle by, for example, determining the reach to rear view mirrors or to place bottles into door pockets. The CAVE uses an animated external environment with pedestrians and cyclists to help engineers assess visibility of the outside world from inside the car. It also enables engineers to access and compare multiple designs – including vehicle interiors produced by other manufacturers.
Car components optimisation may be performed in some 20% of the previous physical way of doing it, and saves ressources at the same time.