Mixed Reality Impacts Nissan’s Training Processes
Nissan is implementing Mixed Reality (MR) technology to optimize training processes related to its e-powertrain assembly line at the Tochigi Plant. The use of MR googles has reduced instruction time by 90 percent and the training period has shrunk from 10 to five days.
“Our plant is the first Nissan facility to produce EV motors, so the inspection process was a new experience for all of us. The new system was helpful given that everyone was a beginner,” said Kazuki Shimizu, Head Engineer of MR Development, Nissan.
Currently, there is a high demand for MR for training simulations as it gives users the opportunity to interact with virtual environments while managing physical objects. MR allows users to visualize their actions’ results first-hand, as reported by WEF. Nissan is taking advantage of MR goggles to improve vehicle production by lessening the complexity of inspection processes. Thanks to these googles, learning processes have speeded up and, consequently, instructors can focus on more advanced tasks.
Also, the OEM is working on developing eye-tracking technology to make their training programs more effective. Nissan plans to expand these innovations to other plants beyond Tochigi. For example, Nissan recently announced that it will invest in its plants in Aguascalientes to target advanced automation and personnel training.
The Japanese automaker puts technology at the core of its business. Nissan has recently launched an initiative to implement artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics to the production of electric vehicles. The combined capabilities of these, among other tools, have greatly improved manufacturing over the last few years. Manufacturers who embrace digital capabilities capture growth and protect long-term profitability, according to a previous article by MBN.
Nissan has also implemented Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) across various fields. Last year, the OEM opened a virtual gallery in the Metaverse of its Nissan Crossing brand experience. The Metaverse will provide services that will amuse individuals through immersive experiences and will transform the digital selling experience, said Marco Casarín, Country Manager Mexico, Meta, at Mexico Business Forum 2022.
On May 20, 2022, the Nissan Sakura electric vehicle was also unveiled in the Metaverse. “These initiatives reflect Nissan’s expansion in the metaverse and its creation of more opportunities to digitally communicate with customers,” states a Nissan release