Volvo, a Swedish automaker, launched its Vehicle TechLab in Bengaluru on Thursday. The lab is equipped with virtual reality (VR) capabilities, allowing the company’s engineers from centres in Sweden, India, and the US to work together on truck design and development.
The lab can simulate a workshop by giving engineers access to a truck and its components. Jan Gurander, deputy chief executive officer at Volvo, who was in Bengaluru for the launch, said, “We have a lot of engineers sitting in our offices. This will help them get the real feel (of the vehicle).” The lab will use human motion tracking to create solutions that make it easier for mechanics to service the truck.
“Motion sensors will detect the posture of an engineer when they are examining a part or trying to fix a problem. It will tell us how much stress the bending or stretching would put on the human body, and we can use that information to build better vehicles,” C R Vishwanath, vice president at Volvo Group Trucks, said.
According to Vishwanath, the lab would reduce the time and cost of product development. With over 1,600 engineers, this is Volvo’s largest R&D facility outside of Sweden.