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What is cARVR?

cARVR is a virtual reality tool for designing and testing experiences in and around the connected car.

The car of the future is connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE). In order to make it human-centered, OEMs need a way to prototype for these technologies efficiently.

In contrast to other VR prototyping tools for automotive, Athena is focused on ease of use, interactivity and human-centered design.

A UX design toolkit


Starting the design process with a quick sketch or marking existing work is as simple as pinching like you’re holding a pen.

Test native mobile apps

Stream real device screens to their virtual representation.

VR HMI Screens


Web-based 2D prototypes for screens like HMIs, HUDs and connected devices can be integrated easily and tie into the VR scenario via socket events. Overcome the capabilities of physical prototyping by including transparent or holographic screens and AR functionality.

Modular & dynamic

VR Seats Assets


Assets such as parts for car-interior design and screens can be added and manipulated. Import 3D models and interact with them by moving and scaling.

Scenario Builder

Create rich interactive scenarios without a line of code. Create, test and share interactive scenarios using location triggers, animations and custom-tailored building-blocks.
VR Scenario

Voice Control

Prototype voice interactions quickly and easily with pre-recorded voice-lines, Text-To-Speech and voice recognition built in.

Full control over realistic visuals

High Res VR Environment Street simulation

High-resolution environments

Immerse into real world places for convincing photorealistic showcases.


Test different vehicles with real physics and AI based pathfinding as well as traffic simulation.
Renault EZ-GO VR Road Simulation
iPad VR Control

Control from any device

Prototype voice interactions quickly and easily with pre-recorded voice-lines, Text-To-Speech and voice recognition built in.

Full list of features

Sketching & Markup

Draw in 3D using our gesture recognition system.

Vehicle Configuration

Change seat position, mirror types, paint properties and more.

Camera Settings

View the VR scene on a screen from any position or from the user’s POV.

Human Eye Resolution

Evaluate real UIs using VARJO’s high resolution head mounted display.

Hand Tracking

See your real hands in VR and use gesture control to operate the software.

Asset Control

Place your 2D or 3D assets in VR and move them using intuitive gestures.

Rapid Voice UI Prototyping

Use pre-recorded voice-lines or text-to-speech for extra fast testing.

2D Prototype Evaluation

Import any web-based prototype for HMIs, HUDs or Apps and test them in their automotive context.

Touch Input

Use your real finger to interact with virtual screens.

Native App Evaluation

Stream your smartphone screen into virtual reality and track its position.

Android Emulation

Run Android or Android Automotive on a virtual touch screen.

Remote Control

Use another computer, tablet or smartphone to control what’s happening in VR.

Headset Support

Configure the software to work with HTC Vive or VARJO VR-1 (others on request).

Build Interactive Scenarios

Set up triggers (location, gaze, voice, gesture, buttons, …) and actions to make your scene interactive without coding.

Cutomized Routes

Build the environment for your scenario and switch between day and night.

Voice Recognition

Speak to Athena to control the software or the prototype.

Custom Vehicles

Choose from a set of concept cars or add your own.

Real World Scenarios

Test your concept in a photorealistic environment generated from map data.

Eye Tracking

Gain valuable insights with heat maps and realtime eye tracking.

Haptic Feedback

Receive vibration, sound and visual feedback for interactions.


Collaborate in VR from the same room or the other side of the world.

Traffic Simulation

Add intelligent pedestrians and vehicles to the scene.

Real HMI Integration

Stream Video from a physical HMI screen into Virtual Reality.

Feature exists and can be used with assistance or minimal development effort.

Feature is close on our roadmap and can be implemented quickly on request.