DETC brings augmented reality to LCV2016

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DETC believes augmented reality could help with vehicle design and allow manufacturers to overcome certain challenges when building vehicles. JOSHUA TUCKER
DETC believes augmented reality could help with vehicle design and allow manufacturers to overcome certain challenges when building vehicles. JOSHUA TUCKER

The presence of the Digital Engineering and Test Centre (DETC) at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2016 (LCV2016) aimed to show how the automotive sector could benefit from collaboration with London’s digital sector and capitalise on state-of-the-art developments in digital engineering and gaming technology. DETC showcased Augmented Reality (AR) on the centrepiece of the ‘GREAT’ pavilion at LCV2016. Its aim was to demonstrate how digital technologies can help develop solutions to vehicle design and manufacturing challenges.

Jon Horsley, DETC Programme Director, commented: “It is fantastic to see the DETC showcasing augmented reality on the GREAT pavilion at the LCV2016.

“We will show to the automotive how, by applying rapidly evolving virtual engineering technology to the UK’s automotive sector, we will significantly enhance our global competitiveness and help to deliver the reality of a true propulsion nation, putting the UK at the forefront of automotive product and manufacturing research and development.”

In order to expand cross-sector collaboration, DETC opened its second Collaborative R&D funding program at LCV2016, and will host a consortium -building event at its Olympic Park offices on the October 4 to bring academic and commercial organisations in the broader digital engineering sector together with automotive to help solve some of the upcoming challenges facing automotive in the fields of design, development, manufacturing, testing, validation and verification of increasingly complex vehicle systems.

The DETC is a unique industry-academic venture within the Loughborough University London campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, focusing on both product development and advanced manufacturing engineering, and is also a member of the APC Spoke network.

Co-located with the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute and the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) London office, the DETC brings specific functional, technological and regional capability to the APC’s network as well as being a member of the APC Spoke network.