Video game technology is beginning to creep into many other areas of our lives, and the automotive industry is beginning to get involved in this change as well.
Among carmakers, Volvo, the Swedish carmaker, detailed how it uses the latest video game technology to build safer cars. Although it seems an exaggeration, the combination of the two makes sense. And no, that’s not a euphemism for something else. It’s not that simple.
How do video games help you maximize car safety?
Volvo created a combination of the latest mixed reality headphones from a Finnish company called Varjo, a full-body haptic suit from Teslasuit and the Unity game engine. Yes, that game engine that powers some of your favorite games also fuels the simulations that Volvo engineers use in their tests.
With all three parts, individuals equip themselves to drive a car in a simulated world.
The Varjo headset can switch between mixed reality to show potential overlays for production machines and active safety features or can leave you completely in a virtual world.
In the digital environment, engineers can test new security systems without the potential to do real harm in the real world.
The possibilities for scenarios are literally limitless. All you need is new programming, and engineers get real-world feedback as they test safety technology and assist systems.
For example, Teslasuit monitors heart rate and gives the sensation of what would happen in the event of an accident without one occurring. It sounds a bit awful, but at the same time, it provides valuable data in a totally secure environment.
These types of technology adaptations in the video game industry are probably just the beginning. And as carmakers and other companies continue their march toward automatic driving, we may see an increase in the gamification of things.