Audi is using AR technology to improve logistics process planning efficiency. 3D hologram virtual presentations are presented to help planners for enhanced evaluation of future conditions. Prototypes of equipment that need production effort are not required. HoloLens 2 from Microsoft is used by Audi for developing virtual prototypes that are adequate for planning purposes.
LayAR (layout and augmented reality) provides support for logistics planners by setting up Audi’s logistical structures within the current production environment. The software uses available CAD data such as shelves, parts, and containers. The digital prototype is presented as a 3D hologram with the AR device, which is projected life-size in the production environment.
According to Peter Kossler, a Board of Management member for Production and Logistics, digital tech is used systematically in Audi’s production. AR devices have become an integral part of their logistics planner. It has helped the logistics team to enhance efficiency and speed up logistics work to a great extent. LayAR is presumed to be utilized for establishing electric car production in Audi’s main plant.
Similar images are presented using different AR devices concurrently through synchronization. On reaching for an object, a logistics team member can turn it, move it around, and replace the object via simple hand gestures. All employees using the device can view the corrections in real-time. Employing a shared image extends the opportunity to facilitate discussion and encourage cooperation across sites. Employees working across sites or those working from home can easily be included within web-conferences for decision-making assignments.
LayAR makes it simple and smooth for logistics teams to design virtual miniatures of the entire production hall and narrow it down so that it could be presented on a desk. Using a virtual device allows pinpointing the measurement of areas and distances within the holographic environment.