The automaker's use of Gravity Sketch VR design is poised to revolutionize the process, enabling designers to not only sketch in 3D but also place themselves inside of the vehicle, enabling more life-like and faster-to-market creation

American automaker Ford is developing virtual reality technology for designing cars. The first example of creating vehicles with the tech is being debuted as a 3D model of a race car with a completed interior and exterior, turbocharging and hybrid powertrain.

The design was created using the VR program Gravity Sketch and only took a total of 40 hours, a fraction of the time it would have taken with traditional design methods like clay models and sketching. At this point, around 50 Ford employees are experimenting with designing through Gravity Sketch, which allows them to draw using a headset and controller. The VR allows for designers to see the vehicle from every angle, manipulate certain angles and curves, zoom, quickly change color and more.

Various industries are hoping to up their efficiency as well as enable greater collaboration remotely via virtual design capabilities. Ford intends to experiment with the tech to build prototypes for future design processes.

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American automaker Ford is developing virtual reality technology for designing cars. The first example of creating vehicles with the tech is being debuted as a 3D model of a race car with a completed interior and exterior, turbocharging and hybrid powertrain.

The design was created using the VR program Gravity Sketch and only took a total of 40 hours, a fraction of the time it would have taken with traditional design methods like clay models and sketching. At this point, around 50 Ford employees are experimenting with designing through Gravity Sketch, which allows them to draw using a headset and controller. The VR allows for designers to see the vehicle from every angle, manipulate certain angles and curves, zoom, quickly change color and more.