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Ford Vehicle Design Relies on Virtual Reality

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April 6, 2020—While Ford designers have used virtual reality in the past, with the shelter in place orders, the team of Ford designers are relying on virtual reality headsets to monitor the progress of vehicle design, reported Popular Mechanics.

Design executives can don the HTV Vive VR headsets and log into a virtual studio to inspect the car. In the virtual studio, the designer is able to take notes and can implement changes for later virtual sessions.

Those full-size clay models of vehicles under development are a physical representation of yet-to-be-produced cars, trucks and SUVs that designers and executives could walk up to and experience. 3D models and drawings are a good likeness of a vehicle but can't replace the power of it in the real world taking up actual space, according to the report. 

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