AB Dynamics acquires simulation software specialist, rFpro

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AB Dynamics (ABDP), a supplier of advanced automotive test systems, has acquired simulation software specialist, rFpro. This acquisition is intended to strengthen ABDP’s position in the simulation-based verification market for vehicle dynamics, ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and autonomous vehicles. rFpro’s simulation tools complement AB Dynamics’ portfolio of test equipment, such as driving robots and test rigs, which means customers will be able to use equipment from a single supplier to test and develop vehicles in a virtual environment before real-world validation.

rFpro, which was established in 2007, also supplies software which is used as standard on the three main driving simulation platforms on the market, as well as by customers in the motorsport market. Indeed AB Dynamics recently sold its aVDS (advanced vehicle driving simulator), running the rFpro simulation environment, to the Sauber Group’s F1 team, Alfa Romeo Racing.

A detailed virtual model of Millbrook’s Belgian Pavé, used for vehicle, system and sensor development

“The acquisition fits squarely in our stated strategy to develop the Group through organic and acquisitive growth,” said Dr James Routh, CEO at AB Dynamics. “Importantly, it provides the Group with direct access to the potentially high-growth simulation-based verification market for ADAS and autonomous vehicles, which complements our existing track testing business. It also enables the Group to develop and grow our existing aVDS simulator product line more rapidly. We’re really excited about the way the two companies’ products, from both the real and the virtual sides of the testing market, can combine and create a seamless test platform, from data centre through to proving ground.”

rFpro will remain an independent company, with its own brand and will continue to supply other driving simulator and test equipment manufacturers in the automotive industry. Chris Hoyle, rFpro’s founder, is staying with the company, focusing on the technical and creative side of the business.

A virtual model of a section of Millbrook proving ground

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