Towards smarter aircraft interfaces with virtual reality

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OPTIS - I-Vision


Today, aeronautics and aerospace industries want to reduce product development times and costs but face a significant obstacle: the need to build several physical prototypes for verifying various factors during the design process. Human factor considerations in the design process play a crucial role in the reliability and resilience of the systems involved, from an operational and error-tolerant point of view and this especially true for aircraft cockpits.


The i-VISION project offers new Virtual Reality means that have been developed and applied to accelerate the design, validation and training processes thanks to a faster and more flexible prototyping of aircraft cockpits. These means have been created both by aerospace professionals and by leading experts in their field. The knowledge-based technologies of i-VISION accelerate the design process through the systematic reuse of knowledge while allowing for faster and more flexible prototyping of aircraft cockpits. Also, the analysis of human operations results in highly competitive cockpits from the end-user's perspective and increases the utilization of future aircraft by allowing human pilots to operate in extreme weather and traffic conditions.


i-VISION, a European joint project, provides a cockpit evaluation and crew training tool for next-generation airliners, using Virtual Reality.  Performing intuitive product experiences early in the process helps the aerospace industry reduce its product development times and costs using virtual prototypes.To go further, if the i-VISION project is focused on aerospace and its challenges, the outcome of the project is now applicable to all transportation industries. Indeed, cars, trucks, boats, trains, all share the same issues and questions related to cabin design and the interaction between the cabin interface, the external environment with various lighting conditions, and the pilot or driver.  Drawing on this, various types of cabins can now benefit from the human task and cognitive workload analyses performed during the project. Virtual Reality can be used to reproduce any cabin design, create smarter virtual cabins and ease the access of the user to them compared to standard physical simulators.


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