This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Extended-reality specialist GridRaster is seeing a jump in aerospace companies interested in fast-tracking technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) as the Covid-19 pandemic drags on. GridRaster, which provides AR/VR for aerospace manufacturers, released the results of a study finding 42 percent of the respondents planned to implement such technologies in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, 51 percent were researching the potential of AR and VR for future implementations.
The company commissioned the online survey of aerospace executives in July and said the results illustrate how industry manufacturers are planning to leverage more automation technology as they deal with Covid-19 social distancing, staffing shortages, and the need for production efficiencies. Of the respondents, 28 percent said Covid-19 factored heavily into decisions to fast-track these plans, while 39 percent already began that process. Those that have already implemented such technologies reported between 15 percent and 20 percent increases in efficiency and 5 percent and 10 percent in cost savings.
The survey also highlights how AR is being used, including applications for assisted workforce on production lines, maintenance and customer visits, employee training programs, and engineering design. “Highly scalable automation technologies such as AR/VR are proven to be extremely effective for aerospace manufacturers because of the ability to significantly increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and keep more workers safe,” said GridRaster CEO Rishi Ranjan.