Auto manufacturers are leveraging AR/VR technologies to address COVID-19

More than a third of auto manufacturers are implementing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies to address COVID-19 social distancing and other challenges according to a survey by Grid Raster.

By GridRaster August 19, 2020

Results of an automotive industry survey illustrates the critical steps auto manufacturers are planning and taking to leverage more automation technology to deal with COVID-19 social distancing, staffing shortfalls and the need for overall efficiencies in production.

The online survey, commissioned in July by Grid Raster, showed 39% of respondents are implementing augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies over the next 12 months.

The auto industry is among several sectors dealing with staffing shortfalls as positive COVID-19 cases and health concerns keep workers home. Companies quickly invested in safety measures to return plant production to pre-virus levels, but a rise in new cases has threatened setbacks for carmakers.

The survey also revealed that for 71% of automotive plant executives, COVID-19 has either moved them to start planning or “fast track” plans for AR/VR implementations. Sixty-eight percent of executives are planning to use AR/VR for virtual automotive design.

For automotive manufacturers that have already implemented AR/VR technologies, more than a third of them (38%) say they’re seeing a 10% to 15% increase in savings. Seventy-one percent are leveraging AR/VR for supplemental virtual labor on production lines, and another 65% are using it for virtual customer service visits.

Scalability is a major concern for many automotive manufacturers. Seventy-nine percent point to scalability as a primary concern as to why they haven’t implemented AR/VR yet, and for those that have made implementations, 52% said they need to move their AR/VR to the cloud for additional scalability.

“COVID-19 has taken a drastic toll on the automotive industry from lost workforce, rapidly changed production lines and less productivity due to new social distancing norms,” said Rishi Ranjan, CEO of Grid Raster in a press release. “Efficiency-laden technologies such as AR/VR that can scale seamlessly are sorely needed to help these manufacturers prevent further productivity declines, which can result in canceled orders, a decrease in overall customer satisfaction and a substantial erosion to the bottom line.”

– Edited from a Grid Raster press release by CFE Media.

Author Bio: GridRaster, Inc.