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Volkswagen demonstrates digitalisation and e-mobility at Hanover

Volkswagen is attending Hanover Messe with digital manufacturing, virtual reality training aids and the latest in electric mobility.

Digitalisation, electro-mobility, virtual reality and connectivity are the topics that Volkswagen is showcasing at Hannover Messe from April 25-29. Volkswagen is giving a comprehensive glimpse of the automotive future and underlining its claim to play a leading role in the technological transformation of the automobile. Volkswagen’s highlights at Hanover are virtual reality technologies, for example for production planning and in the after-sales segment. These clearly show how the virtual and real worlds are increasingly merging in automobile production.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is emphasising the way it is consistently forging ahead with digitalisation, opting for virtual reality technologies in production planning and employee training.

With the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Volkswagen is pioneering the industrial use of a technology originally developed for videogames. In combination with a gesture sensor, the headset allows the intuitive design of entire plant layouts in virtual reality. Volkswagen is also using virtual reality technologies to provide assembly training for employees. Initially, employees can practice an assembly sequence in the virtual world with tutorials and videos on a smartphone, giving them the optimum preparation for practical assembly work.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is using virtual reality to give visitors a glimpse of the new Crafter before the model makes its world debut in the autumn. Using VR headsets, potential customers can take a virtual look at the variable configuration of the cargo space.

Volkswagen will be giving visitors a further glimpse of the factory of the future with networked production exhibits. With highly advanced robots allowing human machine interaction, Volkswagen is opening up new areas of application. The objective is to relieve the burden on employees by having work under ergonomically difficult conditions performed by robots. In future, the strengths of human beings and robots will be combined in production. Volkswagen is also bringing 3-D printing to Hanover. The company is presenting the use of this technology for the manufacture of metal and plastic components – underlining its benefits for prototype production.

In addition to digitalization, Volkswagen is also forging ahead with electro-mobility, a trend that it underlines with the latest vehicles. At Hanover Messe, Volkswagen is presenting the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid and the Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid study. While the Passat GTE is the first plug-in hybrid from Volkswagen to be available as a saloon and estate car, the Tiguan GTE highlights the future potential for plug-in hybrid technology in the SUV segment. The show presentation is rounded off by the fully electric e-Golf, embedded in a series of exhibits demonstrating electro-mobility and connectivity in everyday use. Mobile online services, gesture control and driver assistance systems illustrate key connectivity trends of the near future.

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