Employees at the Pre-Series Center in Wolfsburg work on big puzzles. Part by part, they put entire cars together, all in digital form on the computer. Their job is to create a virtual twin of a real test vehicle, such as a new Golf or Passat, in a 3-D stage of development. This digital twin serves as a kind of safety net for ensuring the further development and assembly of a new car.
The 3-D data are sent to prototype workshops throughout the world via an internal network. Employees, whether they are located in Brazil, Mexico, China, or Germany, need only a few clicks or taps on their screens to see precisely where a prototype’s component fits into the car. They can view the smallest details of each component, and even find out the amount of force needed to screw a small bolt inside the engine compartment. This is how virtual assistance helps to ensure at such an early stage that the cars will later move smoothly through the production processes.