Ford chooses Oculus to save millions per vehicle

Ford is to use Oculus CO software to connect geographically dispersed design team members working with different software applications.

The Ford Motor Company is to use Oculus CO software to connect geographically dispersed design team members working with different software applications, on disparate operating systems.

The company chose Oculus CO because it provided a vendor-neutral, peer-to-peer environment that will allow Ford engineers to evaluate many more design iterations in a shorter period of time. Using Oculus CO, the Ford team hopes to ultimately increase fuel economy in its vehicles, offering consumers better gas mileage.

‘The key to a successful design program is knowledge co-ordination, and the ability to have the right information at the right location at any time,’ said John Goodman, Ford’s fuel economy implementation manager.

‘Oculus CO will enable our team to securely integrate information across all of our software applications, operating systems and locations, allowing Ford to perform more design iterations. The result will save us anywhere from $5 to $15 million per vehicle design program. In the future, CO could have a tremendous impact on our final product by integrating the entire automobile design process.’

Oculus CO uses a secure peer-to-peer technology that enables design teams across an organisation to run multiple design scenarios, instantly analyse the implications of any design change and ultimately uncover design flaws earlier in the process.

The result is that they can instantly validate design decisions by understanding the impact on the overall product, spend less time tracking down and verifying data and explore more solutions resulting in more cost-effective designs. Other solutions, such as a company Intranet or collaborative Web site, merely co-ordinate communication efforts or centrally track and log design iterations.

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