Mercedes-Benz announced during CES 2023 that the company will make another push to digitize its production processes, using the NVIDIA Omniverse platform to design and plan manufacturing and assembly facilities.
Mercedes-Benz has been working with NVIDIA to develop software-defined vehicles. Its upcoming models will be built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin centralized computing platform, and will be based on Omniverse’s NVIDIA DRIVE Sim simulation platform to test and validate its smart driving capabilities. By introducing NVIDIA Omniverse, Mercedes-Benz is further integrating AI and meta-universe technologies into its own development process.
Mercedes-Benz plans to start applying the new EV-specific platform at its plant in Rastatt, Germany. Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz are building a “digital-first” planning process for the plant that will not affect the production of the plant’s current compact models. This will also be applied and rolled out across Mercedes-Benz’s global production network to increase flexibility in vehicle manufacturing.
With Omniverse, Mercedes-Benz planners can access the plant’s digital twin to review and optimize the plant on-demand, said NVIDIA. Every change made by planners can be quickly evaluated and validated in the virtual world and then implemented in the real world. In addition, by linking Omniverse to its internal MO360 data platform, Mercedes-Benz is able to synchronize plants around the world, thereby streamlining the operations of the global production network and enabling OTA software updates to production equipment.