Administrator

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Aug 29, 2019
Messages
228
Reaction score
416
Country flag
HOW FORD, BOSCH ARE USING VIRTUAL REALITY TO TRAIN TECHNICIANS ON ALL-ELECTRIC MUSTANG MACH-E

21_FRD_MCH_48111.jpg


DEARBORN, Mich. Feb. 14, 2020 – Technicians soon will be trained how to service and maintain the all-electric Mustang Mach-E without need to access a physical model – thanks to a new virtual reality (VR) training tool from Ford and Bosch.

“Technicians will be immersed in a simulated and gamified world, meaning they won’t need to rely on actual Mustang Mach-E vehicles to learn about its components, including the electric SUV’s new high-voltage system,” said Dave Johnson, director of Ford service engineering operations. “This new virtual reality training tool allows technicians to understand the components and steps required to service these high-voltage systems, then confidently perform diagnostics and maintenance.”

Here’s how it all works: A technician will learn how to diagnose and perform service related to the vehicle’s high-voltage system wearing the virtual reality headset. This includes tasks such as removal and installation of the main battery as well as service and maintenance on the battery pack itself.

Bosch also is developing future extensions where the technicians utilize VR to enter the vehicle and navigate through modules as if they were walking through rooms to learn the system. Navigating between modules enables the technicians to determine the issue to repair the vehicle.

“The virtual reality training solution is about new technology that builds efficiency,” said Geoff Mee, director of operations for Bosch. “By improving the diagnostic process, technicians are able to perform maintenance and make repairs faster and more easily.”

This new virtual reality system can be used as an ongoing training tool, allowing technicians to learn niche skills in the Ford technical training program. Virtual reality training has the potential to attract new hires to the automotive repair world, rightly framing the profession as a high-tech, forward-thinking industry in which technicians can learn more efficiently in a state-of-the-art environment. Additionally, technicians can tap into the system from any location.

Bosch developed a proof of concept in 2019 for automotive service training via virtual reality, then market tested it with instructors, technicians and college students. Ford Motor Company is the first automaker to pilot the application in its service technician powertrain repair course, specifically with the all-new Mustang Mach-E, the company’s first all-electric SUV. Ford could expand the technology to train on additional vehicles in the future.

The virtual reality training solution uses an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset from Facebook. Ford and Bosch are working with Oculus for Business to manage their fleet of headsets deployed to the Ford technician training program, as well as with PIXO VR. The company’s proprietary virtual reality content distribution platform enables scaling and iterating virtual reality training software and applications.
 

Dmcerm

Well-Known Member
First Name
Mark
Joined
Nov 16, 2019
Messages
105
Reaction score
94
Location
Pennsylvania
First Name
Mark
Vehicles
2017 Ford Expedition EL, 2012 Mustang GT, 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, 13 year owner/operator 1983 DeLorean DMC-12 - sold Nov. 2014
Occupation
Teacher
Country flag
Well what do you know!

So from the other thread, where folks on Tesla Motors Club forum say things like, "Guaranteed they have huge service issues when the thing gets released." or "And you seriously think the average Ford dealership is prepared to service the Mach E?!"
https://www.macheforum.com/site/thr...ger-here-is-why-vs-tesla.410/page-2#post-6737

Now we KNOW beyond any doubt that Ford couldn't possibly be doing this VR stuff, and if they are it isn't nearly as good as if Tesla would do it (even though they aren't, as far as we know).
But if Tesla had done it and Ford copied the idea, the Cultists would all just say Ford is copying the best... But now they'll just hate on the idea that a car company would actually train their Techs and Salespeople AHEAD of time, BEFORE the cars come out... gee, those Legacy Car Makers really are evil and get everything wrong, don't they?!!!!!!
Bwhahahahahaha!
 

JamieGeek

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2019
Messages
241
Reaction score
194
Location
Southeastern Michigan
Website
spareelectrons.wordpress.com
Vehicles
Bolt EV, Thor Axis, former C-Max Energi, former Focus Electric
Country flag
Hey cool they are using an Oculus Quest--hmm I wonder if someone will get their hands on the app their using.

Would be cool to "shrink down" and walk through the insides of the Mach-E.

I would also guess they wanted to start with an EV since there are far fewer (moving) parts to model and bring into the VR world--granted they probably already have all the design elements for each part in their CAD system making it relatively easy to move over (more on that thought: I think Ford is already using VR in the design studio to quickly render vehicles and parts...).
 

duckhunt

Member
First Name
Robert
Joined
Feb 24, 2020
Messages
13
Reaction score
8
Location
Long Island
First Name
Robert
Vehicles
Subaru Outback
Country flag
Someone release it to the general public. Let some adventurous tinkerers have a go.
 
Top