How Volvo Uses Gaming Tech to Build Safer Vehicles

Since Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt in 1959 that became a standard feature on all modern cars and helped save countless lives, Volvo has become synonymous with safety.

The company knows that when developing new autonomous technologies and safety features such as collision avoidance, it is paramount to cover all possible scenarios that drivers could encounter on the road.

To do this, the carmaker’s engineers use what they call “the ultimate driving simulator”, a setup that would make any hardcore gamer jealous.

It features a moving driving seat, a steering wheel with enhanced haptic feedback, the innovative XR-1 Developer Edition VR headset provided by Finnish experts Varjo, and a full-body Teslasuit that also provides accurate haptic feedback.

The real-time 3D software is provided by Unity Technologies, the company behind the world’s most popular video game development platforms. It enables Volvo developers to create extremely realistic virtual

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Volvo is using gaming technology to work on safety of cars

Volvo has come up with a new way to test the safety of its car and it seems rather entertaining for the engineers working on the project. The company has built “the ultimate driving simulator” which it claims is a “ground-breaking mixed-reality simulator”. The company clams this setup is used to make new developments in safety and autonomous driving technology.

The setup includes a moving driving seat, a steering wheel with haptic feedback and a virtual reality headset. The driver also gets a full-body Teslasuit that provides haptic feedback from a virtual world, while also monitoring bodily reactions.

The software uses real-time 3D development platform Unity. It also employs the assistance of Finnish virtual and mixed reality experts Varjo. The simulator involves driving a real car on real roads. It combines life-like, high definition 3D graphics.

The combination of software and hardware allows Volvo Cars engineers to simulate traffic scenarios

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Volvo is now Utilising Gaming Technology To Manufacture Safer Cars



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Volvo is now Utilising Gaming Technology To Manufacture Safer Cars

Technological innovations have always been a part of the industry and just like every other industry, the automobile world is also rapidly advancing in contemporary times to make their cars more refined. Over the last century, car manufacturers have witnessed several technological advances to make their vehicles adapt to changing tastes and needs.

In one such case, Volvo Cars – the premium carmaker – has taken the help of gaming technology to make new improvements in safety and autonomous driving technology. The Swedish auto giants are taking the concept a step ahead by employing the use of state-of -the-art simulators, which offer an immersive experience making it hard to distinguish the simulation from reality.

Volvo has set-up features, including a high definition virtual reality headset which offers crystal clear views, a moving driving seat and a

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Volvo Cars is Using Gaming Technology to Make Vehicles of the Future Safe, Here’s How



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Volvo Cars is Using Gaming Technology to Make Vehicles of the Future Safe, Here’s How

Technological innovations have always been a part of the industry and just like every other industry, the automobile world is also rapidly advancing in contemporary times to make their cars more refined. Over the last century, car manufacturers have witnessed several technological advances to make their vehicles adapt to changing tastes and needs.

In one such case, Volvo Cars – the premium carmaker – has taken the help of gaming technology to make new improvements in safety and autonomous driving technology. The Swedish auto giants are taking the concept a step ahead by employing the use of state-of-the-art simulators, which offer an immersive experience making it hard to distinguish the simulation from reality.

Volvo has set-up features, including a high definition virtual reality headset which offers crystal clear views, a moving

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Volvo uses video game technology to build a safer car

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This is the future.


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It’s simply not possible to write off video games and the technologies that surround them. Not only because the tech is unwaveringly cool, but also because the technology is starting to creep into so many other areas of our lives — and the automotive industry is starting to take notice.

Take Volvo, for example. On Thursday, the Swedish car builder detailed how it uses the latest video game technology to build safer cars. It seems like a stretch, but stick around and you’ll see how it all comes together. And no, the process doesn’t involve arcade racing. It’s not that simple.

Volvo put together a combination of the latest mixed-reality headset from a Swedish firm named Varjo, a full-body haptic suit from Teslasuit and the Unity game engine.

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Volvo Cars “ultimate driving simulator” uses latest gaming technology to develop safer cars

Volvo Cars engineers call it “the ultimate driving simulator”, but it is not just an excuse for them to indulge their inner basement gamer. Instead, the Swedish company’s ground-breaking mixed-reality simulator is used to make new strides in safety and autonomous driving technology.

A setup with a moving driving seat, a steering wheel with haptic feedback and a crystal-clear virtual reality headset would make any serious gamer jealous, but Volvo Cars’ simulator takes this concept to the next level, making it hard to tell reality from simulation. Which is exactly the point.

Using cutting-edge technology from the leading real-time 3D development platform Unity and Finnish virtual and mixed reality experts Varjo, the simulator involves driving a real car on real roads. It 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.

This

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Watch Volvo Drop a Bunch of Cars From the Sky for Science

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Photo credit: Volvo

From Road & Track

Volvo has always been at the forefront of safety. So it’s no surprise to see it go to extreme lengths to help the effectiveness of emergency services workers. For its latest science-backed stunt, the company dropped a handful of new cars suspended nearly 100 feet from the ground by a crane. While cool to watch, it also serves as a valuable method for simulating high-speed crashes.

Obviously, the real goal with this exercise wasn’t to create cool crash footage. Volvo wanted to provide Swedish rescue workers with new cars to test out new metals and devices for cutting out trapped occupants. Usually, these workers have to make do with decades-old cars found in scrapyards. Using these new cars provided them insights into how newer cars differ in metal type and construction, giving them an idea of how their tools can be improved to

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