VI-grade and Varjo partner to accelerate HMI development

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A collaboration aimed at advancing human-machine interface (HMI) development in the automotive industry has commenced between VI-grade, a provider of human-centric simulation-driven vehicle development solutions, and Varjo, a technology provider of VR and XR technology. The collaboration utilizes Varjo’s headsets to further enhance the immersive experience of VI-grade’s professional driving simulators.

Driving simulators are used in the automotive development process so that manufacturers can make informed design decisions and improve vehicle performance from a human-centric perspective. Varjo’s XR technology combined with VI-grade’s simulators provides dynamic motion, sound and lifelike visuals.

Varjo’s XR-3 and XR-4 headsets are set to be integrated with VI-grade’s standard virtual environment, VI-WorldSim, to incorporate multi-agent AI traffic behavior and sensor fusion. The XR-3 headset model will be supported starting with VI-WorldSim version 2024.1; XR-4 headsets will be supported through the OpenXR framework in Unreal Engine 5.

Roberto De Vecchi, head of product development at VI-grade, said, “Supporting high-quality mixed reality solutions in professional driving simulators expands the scope of our driving simulators to include more advanced HMI applications: one more step on the multidisciplinary journey!”

Seppo Aaltonen, CCO at Varjo, added, “By transitioning workflows to immersive virtual environments, we eliminate the need for traditional, resource-intensive methods, paving the way for a more streamlined future for prototyping. We are proud to deepen our collaboration with VI-grade with the introduction of VI-WorldSim support for our new generation of devices, the Varjo XR-4 Series.”

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