Nissan develops next-gen vehicle design platform

Nissan develops next-gen vehicle design platform image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Nissan | posted December 29, 2015 12:00

Nissan's global R&D centers can now share development data

Nissan announced that they have developed a new vehicle design platform that will provide the Japanese automaker's Research and Development (R&D) centers with a “continuous, high-speed connection to the latest vehicle development data.”

Nissan partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Siemens AG in order to develop the automaker's new vehicle design platform.

The vehicle design platform's system uses a 'Virtual Desktop Infrastructure' (VDI) which gives Nissan more “flexibility and manageability of global vehicle design.”

Nissan says the VDI features advanced graphics processing based on desktop virtualization technology. The VDI allows engineers to access a virtual 3D Computer-aided design (CAD) workstation on servers, which could be accessed at any time by Nissan's design team from around the world.

Nissan will initially use the said vehicle design platform at two development centers: Nissan Technical Center North America and Nissan Technical Center Europe.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) proposed the innovative end-to-end VDI, including the hardware and software, as well as consulting and support services. HPE assembled project teams across Japan, the United States and Europe to deploy, verify and test the system.

On the other hand, the software technology for Nissan's VDI was provided by Siemens’ product lifecycle management software business. Siemens’ NX software is the core computer-aided design (CAD) solution for Nissan, used throughout the engineering and development of its vehicles.

Note: Photo shown above is the Nissan Gripz concept