The digital tools that designed the Tesla Model 3 and crash-tested your Honda minivan

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Understandably, the focus of a lot of our car coverage here at Ars has been on things like hybrid and electric powertrains, autonomous vehicles, and the rise of the connected car. But there are other interesting technology stories in the auto industry that are a little more hidden from the average driver. Take Gordon Murray’s iStream idea, for example. From the same brain that created some of the world’s best racing cars—and the almighty McLaren F1 road car—iStream is meant to be a low-impact way of building new vehicles, which will hopefully reach fruition with the reborn TVR brand. There’s also 3D printing, as demonstrated by companies like Local Motors and 3D Divergent.

And then there’s the way that modern IT solutions can—hopefully—make the auto industry more efficient and faster to respond to new design trends or challenges. A while back, we looked at Toyota’s use of virtual production lines to streamline how the company builds trucks at its plant in Texas. Obviously, Toyota isn’t the only OEM to head off into the virtual world to do this kind of work. And many OEMs have opted for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE as their platform of choice.

Users of 3DEXPERIENCE span the automotive ecosystem. Ford and GM power their commercials and marketing with the Dassault platform. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been touting 3DEXPERIENCE as its tool of choice for early design and styling. And even the Internet’s favorite EV maker is a client: the Tesla Model 3 was conceived and designed using it.

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