Chevrolet goes high tech to design car space
Detroit, June 10, 2013
US automaker Chevrolet used the latest high-tech tools – including a spaciousness calculator – to create more leg and head room and larger storage areas for more space and a more comfortable ride in the 2014 Impala.
The tool kit also included advanced computer modeling tools, digital human ergonomics models and 3D Cave Automated Virtual Environment.
The team used the spaciousness calculator – a General Motors-exclusive tool – to analyze how customers perceive the vehicle’s roominess, and virtual human models to make the most of vehicle interiors based on an extensive database of driver sizes and postures.
The 3D CAVE helped in evaluating design concepts for blind spots, reflections and visibility of objects inside and outside the car, said Crystal Windham, director, Chevrolet passenger car interior design.
“Using various advanced technologies, we were able to make dimensional and design modifications in a virtual environment before locking down on a final architecture,” Windham added.
“These steps are necessary to develop a solid foundation to build on to achieve the best spaciousness, comfort and overall design that will impress our customers.”
Visibility from the driver’s seat also is improved through the use of fold-down rear headrests and a thin profile rear center-mounted LED brake lamp in the headliner. A rear backup camera also is available.
“These new tools, the latest in automotive design, allowed us to make improvements quickly and efficiently– improvements we’re sure Impala customers will appreciate,” said George Madjeric, General Motors engineering group manager for Vehicle Architecture. – TradeArabia News Service
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