Tesla has filed a new patent with the intention of investigating the use of augmented reality (AR) to boost manufacturing efficiency and productivity in its factories.
The company, famous for its electric cars, filed the patent, which has been dubbed "augmented reality application for manufacturing", with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
"Existing automotive manufacturing techniques are both time consuming and require significant manual calibration and inspection," Tesla noted in the patent. "Therefore, there exists a need for a process and tools for increasing the efficiency and decreasing the cost of automotive manufacturing tasks. Applying computer vision and AR tools to the manufacturing process can significantly increase the speed and efficiency related to manufacturing and in particular to the manufacturing of automobile part and vehicles."
The patent outlined the use of AR devices to capture a live view of an object, determine the location of the device, as well as the type of object in interest, allowing workers to view instant data about the components they are working on.
It has not been a good year for Tesla, as its founder Elon Musk has faced enormous tabloid scrutiny for his bizarre online behavior, resulting in him being asked to step down as chairman and the company being fined $20bn. This has led to a number of critics doubting the future of the company. However, the new patent demonstrates that Tesla is attempting to put these scandals behind it by doubling down on its commitment to optimize its business efforts.