Haptic gloves developer HaptX has teamed up with Nissan to assist the vehicle design process at the Japanese car manufacturer.
Nissan’s designers are using HaptX Gloves to touch and interact with three-dimensional (3D) models virtually, enabling immersive design reviews that would previously require costly full-scale physical prototypes.
“We are entering a new era of design, and Nissan is leading the way,” said Joe Michaels, chief revenue officer of HaptX, “We’re honoured to see HaptX Gloves adopted as a tool by Nissan’s world-class design team. Working together, we can radically enhance the vehicle design process so that automakers can make better decisions, faster.”
The companies are working together to overcome the shortcomings of traditional virtual reality (VR) controllers, which lack realistic touch feedback and prevent designers from interacting naturally with their models.
HaptX Gloves let car designers feel their new model as they design it, enabling them to create new iterations rapidly by using haptic prototyping instead of physical prototyping. This innovation has the potential to revolutionise the design process, saving automakers tremendous time and cost, the developer said in statement,
HaptX Gloves let designers grip the steering wheel, adjust the volume dial, and feel the click of the glove compartment in VR.
“Automakers have faced imperfect options in the design process. VR controllers are unnatural and inadequate for realistic feedback, but full-scale physical models are expensive and limited in their utility,” said Jake Rubin, founder and chief executive officer of HaptX.
“HaptX Gloves address these limitations, enabling auto designers to feel their new vehicle models throughout the design process and allowing for rapid prototyping within VR.”
Watch the video below to see how Nissan is using haptics to improve the car design process:
Nissan is the first car manufacturer in Japan to use HaptX Gloves.
Nissan has already made several vehicle designs touchable with HaptX Gloves, including the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling highway-capable electric car, and the Nissan IMs, the fully electrified luxury sports sedan concept car showcased in January.
Automotive design and manufacture is ripe for development with immersive technology. Earlier this year, Ford became the first car manufacturer to work with Gravity Sketch, a 3D VR tool that enables designers to focus vehicle designs on personal preferences.