There is much, much more that goes into building an automotive factory than simply screwing the structure together, tossing a bunch of robots and employees in and supplying it with raw materials. There is a huge amount of planning that governs how the factory will be laid out, where the various machines and assembly lines will be and why they are where they are.

General Motors is exploring the future of that process, thanks to 3D laser scanning. Yes, we've touched on this technology before, although that was in the world of video games, where the team from Turn 10 Studios used the super-accurate tech to map some of the world's most famous race tracks. In GM's case, it's focusing on factory floors, and figuring out how new interfaces and machinery can affect the way factories function and how workers do their jobs.

Vice President of North American Manufacturing Cathy Clegg explained the benefit of laser scanning, as well as GM's use of Google Glass to allow a "virtual presence" in order to enhance contributions from far-flung employees on certain problems, to Autoline's John McElroy. We have the full video of their discussion, so take a look and let us know what you think of these new advances


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      Andy Grey
      • 4 Months Ago

      Don't be glassholes people!

      FuelToTheFire
      • 4 Months Ago

      Nobody except for stupid hipsters uses Google Glass.

        Eli Sanchez
        • 4 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        Or people that just like giving google money for no reason .... Com'on people there is no use for glass outside of pirating that is ... 

      bK
      • 4 Months Ago

      So they are training douchebags now?

      David Hester
      • 4 Months Ago

      Is that the 6th gen Camaro in the background?

      Gary
      • 4 Months Ago

      John McElroy has been the leader in interesting automotive content for decades. From his daily 10 minute vblogs, Autoline Detroit to Autoline After Hours (60+ minutes). The quality of his guests are top notch and John's insights are always informed and dead-on. You can catch all of the above shows (plus selected test drives on Autline Garage) at autoline.tv

      L7D4R
      • 4 Months Ago

      John McElroy... I use to watch Autoline Detroit all the time and loved hearing all of the automotive big wigs talk about the industry.  Is it still on the air?  If so, I don't think we have any channels that get it on DirecTV.

      jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly

      John McElroy is the man. Great 

      Revis Goodworth
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wouldn't it be easier just to pull  your head out of your corporate arse?