The HoloLens doesn’t just project every change in the design or fittings directly onto a physical model, it also enables different project teams to work together at the same time regardless of location – for example, teams from Wolfsburg, Chattanooga, and Shanghai. That’s because all participants always have the current model design projected in front of their eyes, making time-intensive reworking – for instance, on a plasticine model – no longer necessary. “The teams can directly observe, compare and decide on minimal changes to the model. This enables them to achieve their goals considerably faster,” Ostermann says.
The HoloLens software is currently still in the testing phase; in the future, it will be used to call up the Volkswagen brand’s entire model portfolio, and also to display different body versions of a model in all possible varieties. Developers will then be able to virtually convert a sedan to an SUV, a Variant, a Cabrio, or a Coupé. “A few years ago, this was still science fiction,” Ostermann says. “Today, we know that we will be developing our next cars this way and no other.”