Swedish firm Volvo opens Vehicle TechLab

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Swedish firm Volvo opens Vehicle TechLab
Swedish firm Volvo opens Vehicle TechLab

In the Vehicle TechLab, engineers can get the feel of an actual truck and all its parts, creating a workshop-like environment

Vehicle TechLab was inaugurated by the Swedish auto company Volvo in Bengaluru on Thursday. The lab is enabled with virtual reality (VR) tools, using which the company’s engineers across centres in India, US and Sweden can collaborate on design and development of trucks.

In the Vehicle TechLab, engineers can get the feel of an actual truck and all its parts, creating a workshop-like environment. “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 will make it easier for mechanics to service the truck, said, Jan Gurander, deputy chief executive officer at Volvo, who was in Bengaluru for the launch.

“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.

Vishwanath said the Vehicle TechLab would bring down the time and cost of developing a product. This is the largest R&D facility for Volvo outside Sweden, with more than 1,600 engineers.

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