Volkswagen announces AVILUS research project

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 1, 2011

Today, Volkswagen is presenting the latest updates on the AVILUS project in the Marketing Management Institute of Braunschweig. German shipbuilders, plant and machinery constructors as well as aircraft and motor vehicle manufacturers are working hand-in-hand on virtual technologies for manufacturing, product design, marketing and maintenance.

With these technologies, it will be possible in the future to build vehicles more quickly and at a lower cost. When digital data is used, the whole process of creating products can be virtually experienced and dealt with.

Therefore, developers can move about inside the aircraft cabin or car, play the part of the purchaser or user, then check if the products are functioning well.

It is only now in any place across the globe that these innovative advancements make it viable to create a continuous process sequence from the developing stage through to the after-sales service, as explained by Head of Volkswagen's Virtual Technologies research division and AVILUS Project, Prof. Dr. Werner Schreiber.

Additional results of the AVILUS research consist of the following: development of ships and aircrafts, commissioning of production systems, virtual validation of motor vehicles, and the overlaying of real and virtual objects to verify product and production.

The Virtual Techniques Innovation Alliance or IA VT, which is spearheaded by Volkswagen, combines several projects sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or BMBF as an essential part of the High-Tech Strategy ICT 2020 program.

Press Release

AVILUS: Creating vehicles in virtual surroundings

Today in Braunschweig's Marketing Management Institute Volkswagen is presenting the latest results from the AVILUS project. German motor vehicle and aircraft manufacturers, shipbuilders and plant and machinery constructors are working together on virtual technologies for product design, manufacture, maintenance and marketing. Using such technologies, it will in future be possible, for example, to develop vehicles faster and at lower cost.

By using digital data, every step of the product creation process can be experienced and handled virtually. Developers can thus, for example, move around within the interior of a car or aircraft cabin, slip into the role of the user or purchaser and check that the products are fit for purpose.

"For the first time anywhere in the world these innovative approaches make it possible to create a continuous process chain from the development stage all the way through to after-sales service," explains Prof. Dr. Werner Schreiber, Head of Volkswagen's Virtual Technologies research division and leader of the AVILUS project.

Other results of the AVILUS research endeavours include the virtual validation of vehicle, aircraft and ship development, the commissioning of production systems and the overlaying of virtual and real objects for product and production verification.

Led by Volkswagen, the Virtual Techniques Innovation Alliance (IA VT) is a combination of multiple projects backed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of its High-Tech Strategy ICT 2020 programme.

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