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German industry failing to exploit the VR trend

Augmented reality and virtual reality may be Industry 4.0 trend topics here in Germany too, but when it comes to actually using AR and VR solutions, Germany is surprisingly lagging way behind other countries.

19 Sep. 2018
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German industry failing to exploit the VR trend (Chart: Capgemini)

Technologies and applications in the field of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are increasingly being used in industry worldwide: to optimize workflows, boast efficiency in quality assurance, in assembly areas, or to repair facilities. Consulting and IT services firm Capgemini has now conducted a survey of 700 managers in the automotive construction, production, and supply sectors who are involved in extended reality projects. 82% stated that they have had good experiences. The majority of those surveyed anticipate that the new technologies will be standard within the next three (46%) or five (38%) years.

German companies, however, appear to be more skeptical, and are lagging behind internationally. When it comes to the implementation of VR technologies, US (59%), Chinese (51%), and French (48%) companies come out top; this ranking order changes only when it comes to the integration of AR-based applications: in this case, China (51%) ranks ahead of France (43%) and the US (42%). The German respondents lag far behind in both cases: Just 38% (VR) and 23% (AR) are already involved in concrete extended reality projects. Consequently, the majority are failing to exploit a great deal of potential for enhancing their productivity and competitiveness. At least the German automotive industry is often at the cutting edge: Volkswagen, for instance, has been using VR technology since 2017 , to optimize production and logistics.