SAN FRANCISCO--Autodesk said it completed the acquisition of PI-VR,
a closely held German software company that specializes in
sophisticated real time visualization technology used primarily in
the automotive industry.
No financial details were disclosed.
Autodesk intends to integrate Autodesk
technologies into the PI-VR platform, while continuing
to sell, support and enhance the PI-VR product line. The VRED
products will join Autodesk’s existing solutions for the
automotive industry including Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Alias,
Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and the Autodesk Design and Creation
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