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Audi Virtual Engineering Terminal (2013 – 2014)credit: Audi AG
The Virtual Engineering Terminal is a multi-part installation, initially consisting of a front screen and an interactive tabletop computer for user interaction via multitouch and Tangible User Interfaces (TUI). The intention was to visualize concepts and car features that are in development process already beforehand, to communicate value and balance investment efforts in an explorative, playful, and therefore easily approachable manner. It interfaces to and is driven by Audi’s internal hardware- and driver-in-the-loop environment VTD and consequently supports physics-based vehicle and traffic simulation, in order to seamlessly integrate into the automaker’s ecosystem.
The VET was designed to be a modular system, easy to extend by additional demos, first of which was depicting several aspects of the Audi Matrix LED technology, an intelligent and adaptive headlight system. However, when realizing its potential also for other scenarios, several departments embraced its possibilities for their own purposes, e.g. for public presentations, customer counselling, virtualization of technical engineering, and virtually supporting prototyping of automotive components.
The installation was since extended by one of Audi’s sub-contractors (i.a. it was complemented with Head-Mounted Displays) and is currently in use for technical simulation and visualization, virtual prototyping, training, and presentation.
Context: multi-component TUI installation acting as a presentation tool, virtual prototyping environment, and technical development platform for supporting
Contribution: technical project management, physics based light simulation research and implementation, computer graphics and interaction research and programming, lighting simulation in Unity3D and Unreal Engine 4
Credits: Audi AG, TraceTronic GmbH, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Epic Games
External:Ars Electronica project page (temporarily offline)
Audi VET at CES Asia 2015
Article by Audi MediaCenter
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