Virtual Reality in the Automotive Industry: Market, Adoption, Use Cases

Virtual Reality (VR) in the Automotive Industry – Overview

ScienceSoft leverages 32-year experience in developing immersive software and 13 years in the automotive industry to provide dedicated VR consulting and VR app development services.

Virtual Reality in the Automotive Industry: Market Summary

Virtual reality software allows reducing the costs of R&D and manufacturing, increasing sales, and minimizing driving risks by moving prototyping, showcasing, and test driving to the virtual realm. In 2019, the global VR market in the automotive industry accounted for $759.3 million and is forecasted to grow up to $14,727.9 million by 2027 at a CAGR of 45.1%.

VR Adoption in the Automotive Industry

North America is the biggest shareholder of the global automotive VR market. While Tesla advertises its cars by offering customers virtual rides, Ford Motor Company develops a VR training tool for polishing the skills of its technicians. Germany continues to be the leading automotive VR adopter in Europe, with Volkswagen reducing design costs via virtual prototyping, BMW increasing sales thanks to immersive showrooms, and Audi enhancing the safety of self-driving cars manufacturing by performing testing in virtual reality.

The key drivers of the increasing automotive VR popularity are technological advancement and the need to reduce engineering costs.

Automotive VR Software Architecture

The architecture of VR applications in the automotive industry varies depending on the application type. Yet in all cases, the VR solution architecture includes the following 3 components:

A client VR application

with modules responsible for processing input, generating output, building 3D models of cars and applying the laws of physics to their surfaces, as well as running interaction scenarios.

A database

that stores 3D car models, VR interaction scenarios, and user data.

A web administration panel

which allows access to the content in the database and thus, data modification in the client app.

Automotive VR software architecture - ScienceSoft

VR for Vehicle Prototyping

With VR, there’s no need to spend time and effort on the complicated process of building bulky physical prototypes. Virtual prototyping also simplifies research and development, speeds up the design process, and reduces the number of adjustment rounds, thus significantly cutting the costs on the entire pre-manufacturing cycle.

How VR for vehicle prototyping works: When full-scale 3D samples of vehicle parts or complete vehicle models are placed in the virtual reality, designers can easily manipulate them and quickly tweak according to safety regulations, design requirements, or stakeholders’ requests.

Use cases:

  • Pre-manufacturing design and approval.
  • Virtual testing of self-driving car prototypes.

VR for Training in the Automotive Industry

Virtual reality training software is useful for both manufacturing and after-sales. It can be a part of original equipment manufacturers’ corporate training programs to ensure quick onboarding and proficiency matching a brand image. VR training can also be an offer to potential car buyers, who would appreciate effective and safe VR driving lessons on specific car models (e.g., autonomous cars).

How VR for training works: A user can drive or perform maintenance on a virtual vehicle just like they would do with a physical one – save for the risks of causing any damage to both humans and vehicles. To ensure better results, the VR app can include textual, visual, and audio guidance.

Use cases:

  • Technician training.
  • Vehicle operation learning.

VR for Auto Showrooms

Virtual reality technology can become a sales-boosting mechanism for car manufacturers and dealers. They have the opportunity to raise online sales via virtual showrooms, where potential customers will inspect 3D cars’ exterior and interior and have a test drive – all without leaving their homes.

How VR immersive showrooms work: A showcased virtual car is a complete and detailed replica of the physical model. Still, a customer can easily modify certain elements – e.g., the color of exterior or the material of interior – to understand what combination or variant they like best.

Use cases:

  • Remote immersive tours.
  • Virtual test drive.

Interested in Automotive VR Capabilities?

Combining profound knowledge of the automotive industry with the 25 year-long experience in 3D modeling, ScienceSoft is ready to build your unique automotive VR app.

VR engine

Unreal Engine
Unity
CRYENGINE
Amazon Sumerian

Unreal Engine (C++)

Unity (C#)

CRYENGINE (C++ and C#)

Amazon Sumerian (HTML, CSS, JS)

3D modeling

Autodesk Maya
Autodesk 3ds Max
Substance Painter
Photoshop

Simulation modeling

Nvidia FleX
Havok
Bullet Physics

Hardware

Oculus
Vive
Valve Index
VIVE Pro Eye
Tobii Pro
Varjo
Cardboard
Samsung Gear VR
Daydream
Mirage

Desktop HMD / Tethered VR: Oculus (Rift, Go, Quest 2) HTC Vive, Valve Index, HTC Vive series

Headsets with eye-tracking capabilities: HTC Vive Pro Eye, Tobii Pro, Varjo VR-1 and VR-2

Standalone/Mobile VR: Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream, Lenovo Mirage Solo

Clouds

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Cloud databases, warehouses and storage

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AWS

Amazon S3
Amazon DocumentDB
Amazon Relational Database Service
Amazon ElastiCache

Azure

Azure Data Lake
Azure Blob Storage
Azure SQL Database

Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud SQL
Google Cloud Datastore

Back end programming languages

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Front end

For a web administration panel

VR in the Automotive Industry: Consulting and Development by ScienceSoft

With 32 years in immersive software development and the extensive automotive industry knowledge, ScienceSoft is your insightful consultant and a trustworthy development vendor.

Automotive VR: consulting

  • Assistance with a VR software concept.
  • Development road-mapping.
  • Design of a scalable architecture.
  • Technology stack definition and optimization.
  • Planning of integration with required hardware devices and software products.

Automotive VR: development

  • Business analysis and research.
  • VR software architecture design.
  • UX and UI design.
  • 3D modeling.
  • VR development and testing.
  • Integration with required hardware devices and software products.
  • Software maintenance and continuous evolution.

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is an IT consulting and software development vendor that was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in McKinney, TX. Employing mature quality and data security management systems that are backed by ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certificates, we implement high-grade VR software for the automotive industry.