HoloMeeting for the automotive industry

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The automotive industry is famed for its innovation and its adoption of new technology.

HoloMeeting is a new way of daily communication for automotive companies: dispersed teams can meet in the same holographic room and interact like in in-person meetings.

But it is not only of good use for discussing visual data and 3D models: general processes such as the choice of material, the design, manufacturing and the final quality control require a permanent exchange of knowledge and interaction between different teams.

How does HoloMeeting help build a vehicle from the idea to its assembly?

Although HoloMeeting is accessible from Microsoft Hololens, Microsoft Surface Pro and other Microsoft Mixed Reality devices, for most of the following processes Hololens is the most useful device as it allows for hands free interaction.

Choice of Materials

The journey begins with the research and choice of materials for the new vehicle: due to rising prices of fuel most manufacturers prefer to choose light materials. While the bulk usually consists of virgin steel, plastics and vinyls at other components already help making vehicles more efficient.

HoloMeeting can help in this process by visualising different parts of a vehicle and their respective material. It can display characteristics of materials and, in order for users to make the best choice, lets them discuss with their worldwide teams  .

Design Process

The long and complex design process consists of many different stages. Basic concept drawings are being created based on researches and studies about public’s needs. The next step usually is the creation of clay models of the different designs. These are later discussed and examined by aerodynamic engineers: air-flow parameters are being analysed to ensure efficiency during use.

After feasibility studies on crash tests have been carried out, all models are reviewed. If approved, different tool designers are being instructed to create the new tools needed.

The design process ranges from the first design draft to the assignment of the tool designers and requires productive collaboration on drafts and sketches. A draft, be it digital or sketched on paper, needs to be shared with other colleagues. What if designers could create collaboratively without being in the same physical space? Much time and travel effort would be saved. HoloMeetings capability to visualise over 60 different file types allows designers to create and share 3D models as well as simple 2D files. Within HoloMeeting files can be manipulated by every participant. Users are able to take notes or make sketches and markings. As HoloMeeting is compatible with Hololens, Microsoft Surface Pro and other Microsoft Mixed Reality devices, colleagues can join their team to HoloMeeting from anywhere at any time - hotspot required of course.

As HoloMeetings can be recorded, it is possible for colleagues who were unable to attend the immersive meeting to watch it later on. Users can always access the meeting room and continue working as the content stays available within HoloMeeting.

While lots of waste is produced when designers craft models from clay, there are other solutions such as the creation of holographic 3D models with the aid of Mixed Reality. These 3D models could be viewed within HoloMeeting and, if needed for aerodynamic studies, 3D printed.


Components are supplied by more than 4,000 outside suppliers including company-owned parts suppliers, and are brought together for assembly, usually by truck or railroad.

During the process of ordering tools it is important to keep track of the orders, their right destination and the correctness of the delivered components . Similar to the design process, HoloMeeting can help here as well by visualising tools and letting professionals discuss about reorders of certain components. In the case of errors or defects, suppliers can meet with the manufacturers via HoloMeeting and ensure the correctness of new orders.

Vehicles are typically being manufactured from the ground up: after the chassis, the body of the car is assembled. As soon as the components have been put together and everything has been painted, the interior assembly is being mounted. At this point, the mate meets the body and both are being packetised.

Although the highly complex process of manufacturing vehicles is more and more automated through the use of machines for repetitive operations, professionals are needed for quality controls. In order to reduce machine errors and downtimes, qualified experts with a good knowledge of the technology are required.

HoloMeeting’s Live Video Feature connects when needed, a person on site with a remote expert. He or she can give instructions and place symbols into the person’s field of view with the aid of Remote Inking.

Furthermore, complex machines can be uploaded to HoloMeeting as 3D models and discussed with other professionals.

Quality Control

Quality control is essential and needs to happen uncompromisingly as mistakes can lead to costly recalls. It includes the testing, inspection and audit of thousands of pieces while each product needs to be statistical process control (SPC) approved. Technology plays a big role as it supports professionals by inspecting control processes.

The vehicle identification number (VIN) helps production control specialists follow the progress of each part. In many more advanced assembly plants the production management personnel can electronically control the manufacturing sequence with the aid of a small radio frequency transponder attached to the chassis and floor plan.

At the end of the quality control process final audit tests are done to ensure properly fitting panels; dynamics; squeaks and rattles; functioning electrical components; and engine, chassis, and wheel alignment.

In many assembly plants finished vehicles are frequently pulled out of the audit line for full functional tests.

HoloMeeting can support workers during the testing process by connecting the person at the respective control station to remote professionals or other control stations. In the case of machine errors, the cause as well as the correct adjustment can be displayed directly in the user’s field of view.

Our Conclusion

HoloMeeting as a collaborative solution is not only capable of enhancing the way companies communicate internally and externally. In the automotive industry where highly complex manufacturing processes take place, it can add value by connecting people in a variety of processes. We believe that due to its remote assistance function it can especially improve the interaction of man and machine.

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