January 3, 2023

Mercedes-Benz Uses Nvidia’s Metaverse to Boost Automobile Manufacturing



German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz collaborated with Nvidia technologies to support the vehicle manufacturing process and test it in the metaverse. 

Mercedes-Benz will use Nvidia’s Omniverse platform and digital twin capabilities to design and plan manufacturing and assembly facilities. The German automobile maker works with Nvidia to develop software-defined vehicles. 

Therefore the coming vehicles, which are supposed to be electric, will be built on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin centralized compute, with intelligent driving capabilities tested and validated in the NVIDIA DRIVE Sim platform, built on Omniverse, according to a blog published by Nvidia

Omniverse is an open 3D development platform enabling companies and institutions across all industries to build and operate digital twins for industrial and scientific use cases. It’s based on Universal Scene Description (USD), allowing enterprises and developers to construct custom 3D pipelines to break down data silos and interact with a single-source-of-truth view of their aggregated simulations.

Mercedes-Benz will start its production process in the virtual space for electric vehicles at its plant in Rastatt, Germany, which currently manufactures Mercedes A- and B-Class in addition to the compact SUV GLA and the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQA.

Using Omniverse, Mercedes-Benz designers will promote the optimization of the Rastatt plant without disrupting real-world daily operations. Nvidia said that they could evaluate and validate every change in the virtual world and then implement it in the real world to achieve maximum efficiency for the plant’s workers. 

The American technology company said through this step, Mercedes will reduce waste, decrease energy consumption and enhance quality continuously.

Through this collaboration, Mercedes-Benz will be one of the early adaptors of the latest release of Omniverse Enterprise, which was launched this week. 

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