GM Uses 3D Scanning for Competitive Intelligence

( General Motors’ Competitive Benchmarking team uses light scanning to capture precise 3D images of competitor vehicles’ structures and components. Complete sets of scans become reverse-engineered computer models for comparing to GM designs. The team also dismantles and scans GM vehicles to validate parts, quality check manufacturing processes and troubleshoot part irregularities.

“3D scanning is a time-efficient and cost-effective way of keeping up with rapid advancements being made all over the industry,” said Larry Pecar, senior supervisor, GM Competitive Benchmarking. “The technology also allows us to gain a better understanding of the reasons for other automakers’ recalls so that we are better able to avoid making the same mistakes.”

GM has been using 3D scanning for well over a decade for vehicle design and development.