Applied Intuition acquires CarSim


Applied Intuition has acquired Mechanical Simulation Corporation, a developer of vehicle dynamics simulation software that is most commonly known for its flagship product, CarSim. Mechanical Simulation has been involved in vehicle dynamics simulation software for over 25 years, with its current range of products – CarSim, TruckSim, BikeSim, and SuspensionSim – providing accurate and realistic predictions of real-world vehicle behaviour. The company supports more than 200 customers, including OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers as well as hundreds of universities and government research groups worldwide.

“Qasar Younis, co-founder and CEO of Applied Intuition explained the investment: “CarSim is a pillar in the dynamics community. Autonomous vehicle engineers know that accurate and realistic vehicle dynamics models are critical to creating simulations that are reflective of the real world. Mechanical Simulation has spent decades building its category-leading vehicle dynamics technology and its unparalleled expertise in the space. On top of that, many of our customers use CarSim and TruckSim in conjunction with our core simulator, Simian. This acquisition is a natural next step to strengthen the collaboration between our products and support our customers and partners more deeply.”

Younis adds that Mechanical Simulation’s vehicle dynamics models complement Applied’s simulation offerings. Together, the two companies will make it possible to analyse vehicle performance in complex simulated environments and validate the safety of ADAS or AV systems. Mechanical Simulation’s products will also continue to be available for existing use cases outside of autonomy.

Products and support will remain the same for existing customers of both Applied Intuition and Mechanical Simulation, with two teams continuing to support the day-to-day testing and development workflows of customers and partners. Applied says that customers can look forward to seeing improved product collaboration and more rapid feature growth in the near future.

“Our customers and partners will continue to be able to use our products in exactly the same way. But by working together, our two companies will also be able to offer a complete solution that will support full workflows for our customers and partners,” said Michael Sayers, co-founder, CEO and CTO of Mechanical Simulation Corporation.

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