5 Examples of virtual reality training in the automotive sector

The automotive industry is expected to produce four million more cars in 2021 compared to 2020. The increasing demand means that every second counts, making on-the-job training costly. That is why companies in the automotive industry are increasingly using virtual reality. In this article, we look at five examples of virtual reality training in the automotive industry.

Volkswagen | Assembly training

30 Different assignments in VR training. Image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen is using virtual reality to train more than 10,000 employees of the ‘Volkswagen Group’. The company feels that employees often had to travel far and could not choose their own pace of learning. Therefore, the car company is going to use virtual reality to train new employees and to develop more efficient workflows.

Volkswagen has chosen to use the HTC Vive for this project. The employees have to complete tasks within a certain timeframe, such as installing a door or a brake. In addition to the assembly training, there is also customer service training and an introductory training course for new employees, with a total of more than 30 different tasks.

During the training, someone is also watching you, who can give you advice and points of improvement so that each training is as effective as possible. In this way, all vr training sessions can be recorded and evaluated.

Volkswagen makes good use of the scalability of VR training. Read more about how Volkswagen applies virtual reality and creates a more efficient training environment here. 

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BMW | All-round VR-training

Hyperrealistic training thanks to Unreal Engine 4. Image: Engadget

German company BMW has been using different types of virtual reality since the 1990s and has not stopped developing in virtual reality. BMW’s virtual reality projects are focused on discovering the application of VR in training. For this reason, BMW has developed a new virtual reality training course.

These training courses perfect the work on the assembly line, customer service employees, and safety managers. Each VR training course consists of three different areas; workplace planning, training & qualification and comparison of component and design data. The training courses are developed with “Unreal Engine 4”, enabling a hyper realistic simulation.

Dive deeper into the VR training of BMW and read in this article how different automotive companies use virtual reality.

After each training, BMW conducts surveys that allow them to fine-tune the training. The results of the employees are also available to BMW and the virtual reality training makes it possible to train parts where poor performance is recorded individually.

BMW notices that the employees make a lot of progress. BMW experiences the training as a good solution for regular training because training in virtual reality costs considerably less money and time.  

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Peugeot | Learning by living

PSA Groupe, manufacturer of Peugeot, has developed a training course that trains employees to make the working day as efficient as possible. The virtual reality training takes the employees and trains them for a safe, healthy and efficient working day.

The training, which is used in five countries, trains the employee to work safely and efficiently. The training starts with a physiotherapist, where the worker learns to stretch. Then the activities are trained, which are later tested by answering multiple choice and open questions.

The training offers voice interaction and the activities are trained through pictures and texts. Finally, the training also covers soft skills, for example communication with colleagues. All these subjects are experienced in a 360º video of the workplace. 

PSA Groupe uses more than a hundred headsets for this. The training, of which more than 60 variants have been developed, has been successfully completed by more than 40,000 employees spread over five countries. In this article, you will delve even deeper into this case and see other ways of virtual reality training by PSA Groupe.

Audi | VR logistics

Imrpoving communication skills in VR training Image: Audi

Audi sees that VR training can offer many advantages, for example, it is not tied to a fixed location or equipment. This is a complex system that requires the employee to work with exceptional accuracy. Good training is necessary to keep the errors as low as possible.

Audi therefore trains its employees using VR in order to work as efficiently as possible with the logistics system. The trainee enters a virtual version of his workplace in the Ingolstadt Logistics Center. Using the HTC Vive and controllers, the logistics staff train the actions they use every day in their usual work.

If you are not yet convinced of the benefits of VR, then read here 5 reasons why VR training is better than traditional training.

Audi also uses VR training for sales people, who learn communication skills by talking to consumers in VR and get points for making the right choice. The programme counts the points and gives an indication of areas of improvement.

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