Volvo Cars is using a mixed-reality simulator to develop safer cars and make strides in autonomous driving technology.
Using cutting-edge technology, the simulator combines life-like high-definition 3D graphics, an augmented reality headset, and a full-body Teslasuit that provides haptic feedback from a virtual world, while also monitoring bodily reactions.
Volvo’s engineers say the combination of software and hardware allows them to safely simulate traffic scenarios on a real test track road while using a real car.
“Testers can be exposed to imagined active safety and driver assistance features, upcoming autonomous drive user interfaces, future car models and many other scenarios,” said Volvo in a statement.
“It can be used on real test track roads or in the test lab, and every scenario is fully customizable. The possibilities are literally endless.”
Volvo Cars’ “ultimate simulator” was demonstrated this month in an event live streamed from Volvo’s Open Innovation Arena.