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VW Uses X-Ray Vision In Training - Web Exclusive

Volkswagen is expanding the use of an innovative technique designed to give service personnel the edge by offering an x-ray view ‘inside’ the car.

Nov 30, 2010

The company is using so-called Augmented Reality using digital projections to train VW teams worldwide to the highest levels, and to inform them about the development and technical innovations of new models.

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The principle of Augmented Reality is a video-based positioning program to determine the correct position of the image projector and the viewer in relation to the vehicle. Computer-generated information can then be precisely embedded into the viewer’s real-world environment via the projection.

“Three-dimensional design data is projected onto the surfaces of a production vehicle, in the correct position and in perspective even from different viewing angles. This creates a kind of x-ray vision for the viewer, which enables them to see otherwise hidden components and structures inside the vehicle,” explained Prof Jürgen Leohold, Head of VW Research.

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In addition, it is also possible to superimpose individual components and designations or prepared animations onto the vehicle.

“At the Wolfsburg Service Academy this technology has been applied to the Touareg Hybrid in the training sessions for importer instructors. The development and functionality of the innovative hybrid technology could be explained with a depth that would not have been possible using conventional means,” commented Michael Horn, Head of VW Aftersales.

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