Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, is investing in a next-generation automotive motion simulator platform facility, due to open in late 2021. The driver-in-the-loop platform is intended to provide advanced, academic led, research and innovation support for both driver-based and driverless (autonomous) mobility technologies.
The platform will be used by Deakin’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI), a department which develops strategic partnerships (currently over 500) with business, industry and government agencies around the world. The IISRI selected Ansible Motion’s Delta S3 dynamic driving simulator, which will be the first dedicated motion simulation research facility for industry and academia in the mobility technologies sector in Australia; it is also the first time the company has supplied a system to a university.
The simulator will be used for vehicle design and testing, driver training, and automotive R&D, with the aim of enhancing Australia’s ‘sovereign capability’ in the industry, leading to the creation of new jobs and internship opportunities.
Ansible Motion and Deakin University have also agreed to collaborate to create new intellectual property (IP) around future motion technologies. Existing Deakin partners, including Ford, the Australian Defence Force and smaller technology providers, are expected to use the facilities to expand their own skills in simulation, generate IP and develop next-generation prototypes.
“It is envisaged that Deakin and Ansible Motion will spearhead the use of state-of-the-art simulator technologies for advancing the automotive industry and the general mobility sector in Australia through this partnership,” stated Professor Saeid Nahavandi, director of IISRI and pro vice-chancellor of Deakin University.