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Mixing realities: driving value in the automotive industry with spatial computing

A smart dashboard displaying upcoming bridge height and suggestion to merge lanes.

Merging our physical and virtual roads is more than just a futuristic version of Mariokart; for the automotive industry, it has unlocked a whole new level.

Spatial computing refers to the coming together of the physical and digital worlds, creating immersive and interactive experiences through the use of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies. 

In the automotive space, spatial computing can help create digital twins of automotive production lines, optimizing the manufacturing process and reducing errors, which ultimately leads to a more efficient and less costly workflow. 

It also provides drivers with in-car experiences, such as using your smart windshield to flash up reviews above restaurants or special offers across store windows as you drive past them.

And thanks to its ability to understand and map physical environments, spatial computing provides new ways to visualize, collaborate and engage with digital content in three-dimensional space — such as taking a new model for a virtual test drive.


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Possible tomorrows

The use of spatial computing in the automotive industry addresses the challenges of 3D design by leveraging advanced technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence

By harnessing spatial computing, automotive manufacturers can overcome design constraints and make informed decisions based on virtual simulations. This accelerates the product development cycle and enhances the quality and performance of the final car designs. 

With spatial computing's ability to bridge the gap between the virtual and the physical, the automotive industry can gain significant benefits from this innovative technology.

The rise of spatial computing also aligns with broader trends in the automotive industry, including the development of autonomous vehicles and in-vehicle infotainment. 

These advancements indicate that the automotive industry is well-positioned to lead the spatial computing revolution. 

As the industry continues to evolve, the integration of spatial computing is expected to play a key role in shaping the future of automotive design, manufacturing and customer engagement, opening new avenues for enhanced driving experiences, improved safety and increased efficiency.

Maja Stefanovic

Maja Stefanovic

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