Multi-function simulator addresses ADAS, AV and HMI needs


Driving simulator specialist, Cruden, has redesigned its simulator top frame to allow automotive engineers to design and modify their own driver interface structure and make hardware changes themselves. This move is in response to evolving applications for driving simulators where there are rapidly changing requirements for layout and components, such as the testing of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AVs).

The new, stiffer and stronger frame preserves the driver’s recessed position within the motion base while maximizing the functional workspace. The seating position is designed to provide easier access, lower overall height and more motion realism than a car mock-up mounted on top of the motion base, although this option can still be pursued as per the customer’s preference.

Above: The new Cruden simulator top frame offers easier driver entry, without the need for a moving access bridge due to the off-set parking position of the motion base

The sub-frame can be used with an off-board screen and projectors or with 3in x 42in Cruden vibration isolated on-board screens. It offers easier driver entry, without the need for a moving access bridge due to the off-set parking position of the motion base. Engineers can switch between entirely different car frames and components themselves. The new simulator design complies with all necessary directives and regulations and has CE marking.

Above: The frame has pre-defined (or custom) mounting interfaces that allow for customers to bolt on specific interior parts such as seats, steering wheels, pedals and partial dashboards, or even A pillars and three-point seatbelts, while maintaining overall structural integrity

Maarten van Donselaar, CEO of Cruden stated, “The pace at which automotive OEMs and suppliers need to develop ADAS and highly innovative HMI and entertainment systems has resulted in a new playing field for driving simulators. We want to give our customers the total freedom to design their own simulator from the top frame up.”


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