Ford Motor Co., Detroit, and DERA have formed Holographic Imaging, a joint venture to accelerate vehicle design. DERA, originally a U.K. defense research agency, has developed advanced 3D imaging technology to be used by Ford to create full-scale virtual digital models of prototype vehicles. Savings will come from reduced reliance on hard models, redesigning features in real time, and holding multiple design reviews simultaneously. For example, an instrument panel can be viewed in full scale from behind the wheel or the passenger seat to get customer feedback months before a physical mock-up could be built. Both Ford and DERA will retain equal stakes in the new company, which will be based in the U.S. Contact: Tom Scott, email@example.com.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.