Ford's Immersive Vehicle Environment is an incredible high-tech virtual reality prototyping lab that allows Ford designers to walk around, sit inside and interact with 3D models of cars even before a physical prototype has been put together. The technology was unveiled at Ford's Innovation for Millions day.
Also known as the FIVE lab, the Ford Immersive Vehicle Environment features a dummy car rig equipped with nothing more than a seat, a steering wheel, an 80-inch 4K monitor and a computer rig. Users can wear a pair of virtual reality goggles and a glove, which are monitored by 19 motion tracking cameras that capture the location and orientation of the wearer's head.
Users can load up computer-aided design models of vehicles, place them in different environments and 'walk' around them. They can even plunge their head into the cars' hoods to examine the engine.