Luxury car manufacturer BMW has announced that it will begin using the HTC Vive as a part of its vehicle development process. According to BMW, employing the HTC Vive will allow it to iterate on vehicle designs much more quickly, enabling developers around the globe to quickly implement and test changes.

BMW notes that, while it has been using virtual reality systems as part of its development process since the 1990s, the HTC Vive is a much more cost-effective solution than previous systems while offering adequate power. BMW’s decision to implement the HTC Vive in its design process follows an evaluation period that occurred throughout 2015, with the company noting several developer kits have already been used in pilot projects since last autumn.

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