Final agenda released for North American Zero Prototypes Summit


VI-grade, a provider of human-centric simulation-driven vehicle development technology, has released the final agenda for its North American Zero Prototypes Summit. Building on the success of its inaugural event in 2022, which attracted more than 130  attendees, this one-day event will take place on 20th September, 2023, at the Multimatic SimCenter in Novi, Michigan (suburban Detroit).

As with VI-grade’s annual flagship event held at its main technical development centre in Udine, Italy, the North America summit will feature a combination of high-level keynote and technical presentations. Attendees can also attend application-specific demonstration sessions to experience simulation, driving simulator and hardware-in-the-loop technologies first-hand.

There will be at least 16 keynote and technical presentations to select from, each giving first-hand knowledge from simulation thought leaders in the global automotive industry. These speakers will showcase how they employ VI-grade’s simulation, driving simulators and Hardware-in-the-Loop technologies to accelerate new vehicle development and get ever-closer to the vision of ‘zero prototypes’ – requiring no physical prototypes in a development programme.

Speakers will be representing companies including Applus+ IDIADA, BASF, Eastern Michigan University, General Motors, HBK SVES, Hitachi Astemo Americas, Multimatic, Stellantis, Causality LLC, VI-grade, and more.

VI-grade will conclude the conference portion with a panel discussion on ‘The State of Tire Modelling for the Virtual World’. Moderated by Michael Stackpole, president of Stackpole Engineering Services, this panel will bring together OEMs, tyre manufacturers and tyre model suppliers, to explore the future of tyre design and the seamless integration of tyre models on VI-grade driving simulators.

The Summit will also feature a series of application- specific driving simulator sessions. The full range of VI-grade’s driving simulators, specifically targeted at discipline-oriented applications (ride & handling, NVH, ADAS & AV, HMI, motorsports and multi-attribute simulation), will be available for attendees to experience. Available simulators will include the Desktop and Desktop NVH simulator; Compact FSS and Compact NVH simulator; the Static simulator; and the DiM250 dynamic simulator. AutoHawk, VI-grade’s HiL solution powered by Concurrent Real-Time, in conjunction with VI-CarRealTime and VI-WorldSim, will also be on display for dedicated Software and Hardware-in-the-Loop applications.

“These presentations will provide our valued customers, partners and followers with exclusive insights into how key players in the global automotive industry are currently using simulation and driving simulators to accelerate the development of new vehicles and bring them ever closer to virtual sign-off,” said Guido Bairati, managing director at VI-grade.

Registration for the 2023 North American Zero Prototypes Summit is open HERE

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