Ansible Motion and AB Dynamics integrate simulator business


Ansible Motion’s Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) vehicle simulation business is now fully integrated into its parent company, AB Dynamics’, a supplier of automotive test systems. AB Dynamics Group acquired Ansible Motion in 2022. As part of the process, plans are underway to expand Ansible Motion’s R&D and manufacturing headquarters in Norfolk, UK, with a satellite facility retained at AB Dynamics’ existing site in Bradford-on-Avon, UK. The sites will be complemented by an expanding network of regional offices (now including North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific), which provide local sales and technical support. The fully integrated simulator business will be branded Ansible Motion.

According to AB Dynamics, benefits of the integration will include a broader simulation product portfolio, while the transition of key staff and infrastructure will strengthen the company’s technical capabilities, collective experience, and capacity to satisfy a market poised for growth. Experienced staff from AB Dynamics’ simulator division will join Ansible Motion, ensuring a smooth transition for all existing customers whilst boosting commercial and engineering resources. Dan Clark will join as Ansible Motion’s managing director, and Ansible Motion’s founder Kia Cammaerts will continue as technical director.

AB Dynamics’ portfolio of aVDS simulator products will be integrated into Ansible Motion’s product catalogue, which includes the Delta, Sigma and Theta series simulator products. Expertise from both companies will nurture all future product developments under the Ansible Motion brand.

The Ansible Motion management team. From left to right: Dan Clark, Kia Cammaerts, Steve Wright, George Shokry, Salman Safdar, Anthony Lewis

Ansible Motion will assume responsibility for all ground vehicle DIL simulator development, manufacturing and sales under AB Dynamics Group. Ansible Motion will also manage service and after-sales support for all DIL simulator products, covering more than 30 existing dynamic simulator installations around the world, including AB Dynamics’ aVDS simulators. The new organisation will accelerate closer collaboration with rFpro (also an AB Dynamics Group company), offering Ansible Motion customers end-to-end simulation solutions encompassing hardware, software, integration, consultancy and aftermarket support.

AB Dynamics’ and Ansible Motion’s simulator businesses have achieved what they call “unprecedented growth” over the last year, with seven new large dynamic driving simulators being delivered to a range of OEM, motorsport and academia customers in the UK, Germany, Hungary, the USA, China and Australia. The integration of the simulator business is intended to lead to further transformations in scale and structure.

“Our commitment to Ansible Motion ensures it now has an unparalleled depth of expertise and technical skillsets in place to develop the simulators that are changing the way vehicles are designed and validated,” stated Dan Clark, Ansible Motion’s managing director. “The new organisation has the products, commercial infrastructure in key markets, and deep technical knowledge that will serve to enhance Ansible Motion’s trusted reputation in the global vehicle engineering industry. We now have the organisational capabilities for a growing future.”

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Adam divides his time as an editor between the worlds of aviation and motoring. These worlds may seem a little diverse today, but autonomous technology and future urban mobility is bringing them ever-closer. Adam is also chairman of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards.

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