Find out how DIL simulators can be better integrated


Advanced simulator manufacturer Cruden has announced that it plans to demonstrate the way in which driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulators can be added to existing automotive test environments and toolchains. The demonstrations will be held at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2019 in Stuttgart on May 21-23.

– particularly for the development and validation of ADAS and AD controllers – .

The aim is to show how DIL systems can be use across a vehicle development organization, rather than being operated as standalone development tools, as they often are. For example, the DIL simulator interface can integrate with existing CAE tools such as vehicle models, traffic simulation and sensor simulation tools, as well as with hardware test rigs. This is enabled by an open architecture hardware and software, and conversion tools.

Dennis Marcus, commercial manager, automotive and motorsport, says: “With our full-size simulator at the Automotive Testing Expo, we are demonstrating Cruden’s understanding of the role of the driving simulator as part of a larger development toolchain. Our driving simulators are a flexible and accessible gateway from which the entire testing function can benefit, connecting human drivers and passengers with new and adapted vehicle systems during the design phase.”

Marcus added, “One of the many use cases of driving simulators is the evaluation of false positives from ADAS and AD controllers. With a DIL simulator, these false positives can be tested on human drivers in order to evaluate the impact on driver safety and comfort. Understanding the reaction of the driver in the loop is essential in determining how to deal with situations where a controller might draw the wrong conclusion.”

The centerpiece of Cruden’s stand at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2019 (Hall 8, Stand 8630) will be its AS2 simulator, a motion-based driving simulator housed within a 200°, 3m-high cylindrical projection screen. The AS2 will feature components from various third-party suppliers, including the vehicle model, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) hard real-time package as well as content and graphics.

Cruden’s ADAS product manager, Jelle van Doornik, will also present the simulator integration theme at the Automotive Vehicle Test & Development Symposium Europe, which runs adjacent to Automotive Testing Expo.

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