Virtual Vehicle invests in full-featured driving simulator

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Virtual Vehicle, an international automotive R&D center based in Graz, Austria has commissioned a driving simulator designed by VI-grade for applications including HMI, vehicle dynamics, NVH and ADAS. The static platform for the simulator is due to be installed at the center by July 2018.

The simulator is based on VI-grade’s VI-DriveSim software package, as used for its Compact Simulators and DiM Dynamic Simulators, but it is also compatible with third-party software. This commonality enables previous investments in software research to be leveraged, and for the same toolchain to be used on the static simulator and on a dynamic one.

Virtual Vehicle has also ordered complementary technologies such as VI-ActiveSeat and VI-ActiveBelts, a cylindrical screen and a set of professional projectors, to achieve high levels of realism and an immersive driver experience. The real-time hardware infrastructure also makes the static simulator suitable for software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop applications.

We agreed to build up a strategic cooperation scheme for driving simulator technologies in conjunction with VI-grade and collaborate on related research activities. Our main goal is to develop technologies for cutting-edge demonstration platforms,” said Jost Bernasch, managing director of Virtual Vehicle. “In particular, we decided to install a static driving simulator at our Living Innovation Lab in order to explore new driving simulator technologies.”

VI-grade won the Development Tool of the Year category of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards. See HERE for details.

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