Honda’s Design Studio in California just offered us a sneak preview of how they designed the next Honda Prologue in a press release and YouTube video. It’s the first Honda car to be primarily designed in virtual reality. The project manager, Jiro Ikeda, put together a group of talented young designers to develop an SUV design that is Neo-Rugged, according to Honda, and is both new and contemporary while still being simple and clean.
creating the initial volume said Sang-Hyuk Ahn , a four-year veteran external designer at Honda, said, “The Honda electric vehicle provided us more freedom than a car with an internal combustion engine, and we could stretch our ideas, especially in creating the front-end.” In order to give Prologue sportier proportions and a more solid posture, we imagined it with a longer wheelbase, a shorter overhang, and capable tires.
Like with conventional auto design, the video opens with designers sculpting a clay block in the Honda Design studio. But we can tell something is significantly different because we see them scan it with lasers. The project manager is subsequently introduced.
The findings of the scan are displayed in the next cut, with a designer using the vehicle in a virtual environment rather than the challenging actual world where creating physical items occurs. We can see that the final design resembles the Honda e, a little retro-inspired car that isn’t offered in the US. The ultimate result is a car with GM-like characteristics (more on that below), but with a distinctively Honda appearance.
They were able to collaborate despite some designers being in the United States and some in Japan, which was one of the main benefits of adopting VR. This made the development easier and more rapid. This is now more crucial than ever because of COVID’s issues.
This method also allows you to view designs in a setting that simulates the real world. In the wild or on the street, something that might appear fine in a design office might not look as well. Honda was able to view its design in virtual renditions of each of these settings, which improved it for all circumstances.
Additionally, they were able to improve its aerodynamic efficiency and low wind noise, two aspects that are crucial for EVs.
According to Honda Design’s Marco Tan, a VR and CG designer, “We were able to observe Prologue in digital landscapes that truly mirror the real world.” In a virtual 3D environment, we were able to simulate and assess colors, materials, and even lighting to explore options that elevated aesthetics to a new level.
This initiative is a part of Honda’s new electrification strategy. The company is collaborating with GM to release the Prologue EV in 2024 in order to get things going more quickly. In 2026, it will then start to release automobiles based on its own EV platform. In a second collaboration with GM, Honda hopes to launch a new, reasonably priced EV the following year (2027).
Honda intends to provide additional specifics about the vehicle’s characteristics in the future days, but anticipate that they will be comparable to those of GM’s planned Equinox EV (details on that are also coming soon).
Honda provided the main photo.
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