Cruden secures major driving simulator order from BMW

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Cruden has secured an order for nine driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulators to support the engineering and development of automated driving systems at BMW Group. The simulators will occupy an entire floor at BMW Group’s new FIZ Driving Simulator Centre, located at the heart of its development facility in Munich.

BMW intends to use the simulators to support the virtual testing of a variety of car functions ranging from advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD), to HMI concepts and driving dynamics, using large numbers of human test participants, in virtual driving conditions that are safe, repeatable and reduce environmental impact compared with vehicle tests.

The Cruden order compromises 3-DOF (degrees of freedom) and 7-DOF motion-based systems, and a 6-DOF system in combination with a yaw table. The open-architecture high-fidelity hardware platforms will integrate with BMW’s own engineering tools and offer full chassis mock-up integration as well as a chassis exchange system. The simulators will feature high levels of immersion thanks to innovative motion concepts and the latest high-end LED panel visual technology.

Maarten van Donselaar, CEO of Cruden said, “We have successfully presented a vision that the solution to virtual automotive testing is to implement a variety of simulators to cater for the wide variety of OEM experiments undertaken, and the diversity of automotive systems to be tested. The BMW Group has operated dynamic driving simulators since 2006 and we are very proud that BMW chose to work with Cruden on this project.”

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