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DICV Opens Virtual Reality Centre; Sets New Benchmark In Indian CV Industry

  • New Virtual Reality Centre (VRC) significantly reduces time and costs required for CV testing and development
  • Sets benchmark for Indian CV industry, revolutionizes Customer Service operations and R&D
  • Enhances opportunities for real-time, global collaboration
  • Mr. Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles said, “DICV has already established itself as a technological leader with our made-for-India brand BharatBenz. Through this new Virtual Reality Centre, we reinforce our position as innovators and disruptors.The VRC has the potential to make CV servicing and R&D considerably faster, more comprehensive, and more cost-effective. We are excited to pass these benefits on to our customers in the form of affordable, high-tech, high-quality products and services.

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) today announced the opening of a Virtual Reality Centre (VRC), a benchmark-setting innovation for the Indian CV industry. The VRC allows operators to virtually perform serviceability and accessibility checks using a digital model accessed via 3D goggles and navigational joysticks. This has the potential to transform both R&D and vehicle servicing procedures, as it reduces the need for custom-built tools, prototype vehicles, and service bays.

Mr. Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles said, “DICV has already established itself as a technological leader with our made-for-India brand BharatBenz. Through this new Virtual Reality Centre, we reinforce our position as innovators and disruptors. The VRC has the potential to make CV servicing and R&D considerably faster, more comprehensive, and more cost-effective. We are excited to pass these benefits on to our customers in the form of affordable, high-tech, high-quality products and services.

The VRC houses an industry-best 3D Barco projector, a power wall, advanced real-time tracking cameras, 3D head movement tracker goggles, and Virtual Reality software capable of seamlessly interacting with the vehicle design via navigational joysticks.

“Before it goes to market, each new model must be evaluated based on how easy it is to service and maintain. The standard process is to develop a prototype version of the vehicle and then test how service technicians can access its parts and perform repairs. This process is repeated multiple times until the vehicle is fit to be mass produced. The VRC will allow us to replace many of those prototype-building iterations with virtual modelling and testing. It will speed up the development process and free up resources for further enhancing our portfolio”, added Mr. Arya.

Another benefit of using virtual reality is the opportunities it offers for remote collaboration. Without the need for a physical model and workspace, DICV is able toshare the digital models with Daimler Truck colleagues around the world. The teams can access the same model simultaneously to exchange opinions and advice in real-time, even if they are oceans away from each other. In today’s world of travel
restrictions and social distancing guidelines, the benefits this offers are incalculable.

Another benefit of using virtual reality is the opportunities it offers for remote collaboration. Without the need for a physical model and workspace, DICV is able toshare the digital models with Daimler Truck colleagues around the world. The teams can access the same model simultaneously to exchange opinions and advice in real-time, even if they are oceans away from each other. In today’s world of travel
restrictions and social distancing guidelines, the benefits this offers are incalculable.

About Daimler India Commercial Vehicles

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG,Germany and operating under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, is a full-fledged commercial vehicle player in India with a brand dedicated to its home market: BharatBenz.
DICV produces and sells trucks from 9 to 55 tons, as well as BharatBenz buses, MercedesBenz coaches, and bus chassis. DICV’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Oragadam near Chennai spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares) including a highly modern test track
and is home to the company’s headquarters, R&D, and training operations. With one global quality standard, it also produces for Daimler Trucks’ brands of FUSO, Mercedes-Benz, and Freightliner. Products and parts are exported to more than 60 markets in the Africa, Asia,
Latin America, and the Middle East. DICV represents an overall investment of more than INR 9,560 crores.