Horiba MIRA invests in driver-in-the-loop simulator


The Vehicle Attribute Development Team at automotive engineering consultancy, Horiba MIRA, has concluded an investment in a VI-grade Compact simulator to strengthen its vehicle development activities. The driver-in-the-loop capability of the technology incorporates the driver’s subjective assessments at the virtual stage of the design cycle.

The VI-grade facility has been fully commissioned and is now operational as part of the UK-based company’s Vehicle Attribute Development Team’s services. The simulator is intended to help ensure test and development timelines are shortened, costs are reduced and ultimately product performance is enhanced for OEM and Tier 1 customers.

Tom Lee, vehicle dynamics and NVH manager at Horiba MIRA said of the investment, “Adding the driver into the loop at an earlier stage in the virtual development phase not only results in better overall engineering decisions, but it is wholly consistent with our ‘Voice of the Customer’ approach to attribute engineering. This investment in our new simulator facility underlines our ongoing commitment to remain the market leaders by utilising the knowledge, experience and quality of our engineers with the latest engineering tools required to deliver first-class results for our customers.”

Guido Bairati, VP of global sales & marketing at VI-grade added, “Testing activities and simulation are converging to develop better cars in shorter timeframes. Driving simulators provide engineers with subjective feedback earlier in the design cycle, enhance later-stage prototype testing and help to anticipate potential issues. The level of accuracy of VI-grade driving simulators make it possible to develop, test and fine-tune new vehicles with a precision never seen before.”

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