Tesla Files Patent For AR Manufacturing System

The electric car manufacturer looks to increase assembly line productivity using a Google Glass-type experience.

2018 has been an interesting year for filed patents based on AR and VR ideas. Google’s recent omnidirectional VR shoe and Walmart’s patents for both a virtual showroom and a VR headset are just a few of the many examples.

Another patent that was filed back in May, but is just now getting some attention, is Tesla’s patent for an AR application titled ‘Augmented Reality Feature Detection’ that would bring efficiency and performance to Tesla employees on the assembly line.

From Tesla’s perspective, the process to design and construct technology, such as their self-driving electric car, takes entirely too long. Using AR would speed up this process by improving quality control in order to reduce human error and increase consistency across the board for overall quality assurance.

This would mean the company would use AR to create ‘reference markers,’ such as a 3D marker, sticker, QR code, or a radio-frequency ID tag, to launch digital content over what operators see on the assembly line; assisting them in navigating through the assembly process.


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