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Virtual reality will make car design more sustainable says DS Automobiles design director Thierry Métroz

DS Automobiles is a French luxury car brand based in Paris, which draws on the design legacy of the iconic Citroën DS released in 1955.

“The spirit of avant-garde is really at the centre of our DNA, and we’ve kept this spirit from the original DS,” says Métroz in the video, which was filmed by Dezeen for Dassault Systèmes at the DS Automobiles headquarters in Paris.

“It was a car with a lot of technical innovation, and we keep this spirit when we design the future DS,” he continued.

Alongside its range of production cars, DS Automobiles is known for futuristic concept cars.

Earlier this year, the brand unveiled its design for the DS Aero Sport Lounge, an aerodynamic concept car with a screen in place of a grille that communicates with pedestrians and other drivers, as well as gesture-controlled functions.

“Our target was a very efficient car” explained Métroz of the vehicle’s aerodynamic shape, which was designed using parametric modelling software in order to achieve the least possible wind resistance.

The DS Automobiles design team used Dassault Systèmes’ software throughout the design process.

Dassault Systèmes offers a suite of 3D software for designers, architects and engineers called 3DExperience, which includes well-known CAD products such as Solidworks and Catia, as well as virtual reality tools that are used in a wide range of industries.

“In our design process, we use 80 per cent digital tools, and they are really strategic in our design development,” said Métroz.

“We use Dassault Systèmes’ software from the beginning; tools for 3D modelling, virtual reality, parametric design and 3D printing.”

After creating the initial shape of the car using CAD software and parametric tools, Métroz and his team refine the design in Dassault Systèmes’ virtual reality software.

According to Métroz, using virtual reality is a more sustainable way to design cars.

“The process is very sustainable because we don’t need to do a full size mockup and we don’t use raw materials,” he said. “To be more sustainable is one of the most important challenges for all the automobile industry.”

The designer predicts that virtual reality tools will become increasingly prevalent in the car design industry.

“In five to ten years, 80 per cent of all design development will be done with virtual reality,” he claimed.

Source : Dezeen

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