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The Advancement of Virtual Reality in Automotive Market Research: Challenges and Opportunities

Version 1 : Received: 29 October 2021 / Approved: 9 November 2021 / Online: 9 November 2021 (11:01:16 CET)

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The Advancement of Virtual Reality in Automotive Market Research: Challenges and Opportunities. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 11610. The Advancement of Virtual Reality in Automotive Market Research: Challenges and Opportunities. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 11610.

Journal reference: Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 11610
DOI: 10.3390/app112411610

Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) can play a key role in automotive marketing research, lowering costs and shortening the time it takes to bring a new product to market. However, there are still few VR applications that support automotive customers' experiences during the early stages of product development. Through a systematic review of literature and patents, this study aims to identify the challenges and opportunities for the application of virtual reality in car clinics, and to categorize them into attributes. We searched through the knowledge databases of PatentScout, ScienceDirect, Springer, and IEEEXplore. We found 72 patents with a high concentration in a few inventors. The United States of America presented the greatest number of records and the most common applications related to the apparatus for automatically reading respondents' reactions in a virtual environment. In terms of articles, we found 19 research papers that discussed sixteen categories identified as challenges and opportunities for automotive marketing research: 1) cost, 2) location to customers, 3) flexibility in interactions, 4) model transportation, 5) depth perception, 6) haptic perception, 7) motion, 8) movement perception/ physical collision, 9) color and texture, 10) sound feedback, 11) product interaction/manipulation, 12) visual-spatial, 13) graphic quality, 14) intuitiveness, 15) cybersecurity and 16) cybersickness. We conclude that the automotive industry can employ virtual reality for marketing research, but relevant elements such as hardware and software definition, stimulus quality, and research objectives, among others, must be considered.

Keywords

virtual reality; automotive industry; marketing research; immersive car clinic

Subject

ENGINEERING, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

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