Mercedes-Benz will soon be available in the virtual world. Or at least the factories where it’s put together are.
Omniverse Enterprise is a software platform used to develop and manage metaverse applications, and the carmaker is one of Nvidia’s newest clients to utilise it. Ahead of the actual start of CES 2023, Nvidia said on Tuesday that Mercedes would utilise Omniverse to build, plan, and optimise its manufacturing. Mercedes’s facility in Rastatt, Germany, is getting ready to produce a new electric car platform.
The carmaker may create a digital duplicate of the facility in Omniverse and test out hypothetical new production methods without interrupting actual vehicle assembly. Nvidia claims that Mercedes will be able to better respond to supply chain interruptions and reorganise the production line with the help of a virtual workflow.
According to TechCrunch, Danny Shapiro, Nvidia’s vice president of automotive, Mercedes has been collaborating with Nvidia to conduct virtual tests of autonomous car technologies.
Now they’re talking about constructing a digital duplicate of the whole plant using our Omniverse technology, which would include taking it down to the manufacturing level, as Shapiro put it. In order to build and organise the production and assembly plant before it goes live, it is necessary to model all the cars passing through the assembly, all the robots, and all the factory personnel. They are saving time and money by switching from their current A-class manufacturing to the next generation car.
Before a plant ever begins production, a full simulation might assist car companies evaluate possible bottlenecks, improve ergonomics, and spot places where a robot could fail to finish a job. According to Shapiro, Mercedes will eventually implement this method across all of its plants worldwide.
Not just Mercedes, but probably other automakers as well. We previously projected that in the future, manufacturers would use digital twins for every aspect of the production process, from designing vehicle interiors to optimising production facilities to conducting crash tests.
Shapiro said that manufacturers may work together on virtual car designs using Nvidia’s Drive SIM simulation technology. He believes that in the not-too-distant future, automobile manufacturers will employ simulation to develop retail experiences and provide virtual walkthroughs of vehicles for customers in the comfort of their own homes.
“We think about this complete lifespan of a digital twin, from design to engineering to manufacture to retail,” Shapiro added, hinting at a possible announcement in the automotive retail space in the coming months.
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