Car manufacturer from Ingolstadt uses augmented reality for logistics planning

Car manufacturer from Ingolstadt uses augmented reality for logistics planning

Augmented Reality (AR) – extended reality – refers to computer-aided solutions for an extended perception of reality. It often involves supplementing images or videos with additional digital information or virtual objects by fading in or superimposing them. The “HoloLens 2” AR glasses from Microsoft – a latest-generation AR application – also follow this principle. The car manufacturer Audi in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, now uses these glasses for its logistics planning. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 largest logistics companies in Germany.

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Linking AR software and AR glasses

An important task in planning is the optimal positioning of containers and operating equipment in logistics and production halls – the solution to a space problem. Until now, prototypes of the objects in question have been used in planning to test the effect of space under real conditions – a complex procedure, because the prototypes first had to be manufactured. Thanks to AR application, this will no longer be necessary in the future.

Audi is relying on linking its “LayAR” software (for “layout” and “augmented reality”) with the “HoloLens 2” glasses. The software can convert existing CAD data of objects such as shelves, containers or components into holograms and then projects these onto the glasses. The wearer of the glasses sees the objects in their original size in front of him or her in the place intended for them. The immediate visual impression allows an immediate assessment of whether the planned solution is adequate and where improvements are needed. Logistics planning becomes much more efficient and can start earlier.

The AR application can be used flexibly. Projections can be made in parallel on several glasses for planning teams, the virtual objects can be spatially changed. The opposite way – measuring surfaces and mapping halls in small format for workshops and conferences and converting them into CAD data – is also possible.
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In our sector report on the German logistics industry, you will find detailed information on areas of activity, an overview of the locations and clusters of the logistics industry, key financial figures as well as insights into the gender distribution and sustainability efforts of the industry. You will also find information about innovations in the industry – including the importance of the buzzword Logistics 4.0, especially in relation to digital developments.


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