Ford uses virtual reality to hone car design (video)

With the help of virtual reality, automakers like Ford have streamlined the car design process. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das gets outfitted with the VR gear for a preview.

Designing a car can take years, but Ford has been able to cut the process in half, from six years to three years, by using virtual reality.

"We are able to cheat reality," says Elizabeth Baron, a VR technical specialist at Ford. She says virtual reality enables the automaker to do all kinds of tests in a short period of time, though there are limitations to the technology too. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi Das gets outfitted with the automaker's virtual-reality gear for a preview.

This video originally appeared on SmartPlanet with the headline "At Ford, using virtual reality to tweak car design."

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