ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Ford brought a high-tech demonstration of virtual reality to Erie Community College students Tuesday.
The automaker's representatives spoke to students in the Vehicle Technology vocational program. The Virtual Reality technology has allowed Ford to cut six months off of development time and save millions of dollars.
"We use virtual reality in our work methods to upfront design so we immerse a lot of our engineers and try and make decisions on how subjectively how designs should be developed long before we ever have a single prototype," said Monica Jones, ergonomic specialist for Ford.
The technology allows engineers to interact with a virtual prototype to get nearly a "real world" view of how their finished designs will look and feel to the driver.