Honda Used VR to Design the Prologue and Pilot TrailSport
It’s easy to pile on with criticism of the metaverse and Mark Zuckerberg’s ridiculous virtual reality fantasies, but there are plenty of practical uses for the technology. Honda used VR to continue pushing forward with vehicle design during the pandemic.
Honda said its engineers and designers used VR to design the new 2024 Prologue EV and 2023 Pilot TrailSport. The technology allowed teams to collaborate without being in the same place and helped enable quick, responsive updates to feedback. Clay modeling is likely a lot more fun in VR than sitting in a Zoom meeting in your home office, and it allowed the team to make endless revisions without fear of ruining an expensive and time-consuming physical model. The automaker said it doesn’t want to remove humans from the process altogether, so we won’t see CR-Vs and Civics designed in the metaverse anytime soon.
Honda developed the Prologue in partnership with GM. The EV will ride on General Motors’ Ultium platform. We don’t have many details on the vehicle yet, but Honda said it will go on sale in early 2024. Spy shots show a vehicle strikingly close in size and appearance to the Chevy Blazer EV, so there’s a good chance the specs will be similar.
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