VI-grade supplies Volvo Car Corporation

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VI-grade has successfully completed an installation at Volvo Car Corporation. The installation of VI-grade’s DiM (Driver in Motion) motion platform is a dynamic platform for driving simulator, and has been installed as a turn-key solution at Volvo’s facility in Torslanda, Sweden. The simulator will be used for testing and optimizing the handling and ride behavior of new vehicles as well as to test new control algorithms for active safety.

The 9 degrees-of-freedom DiM platform has been designed in order to take full advantage of VI-MotionCueing as well as of all other software technology developed by VI-grade and its partners. The simulators concept enables the extension of the motion envelope and the separation of low and high frequency contributions, which makes this type of motion platform unique and suitable for both vehicle dynamics and ride studies.

“The DiM complements our tool chain and allows us to physically experience our simulation models using human test drivers” says Carl Sandberg, vehicle dynamics concept engineer at Volvo Car Corporation. “The simulator emphasizes the human centric approach Volvo is known for, allowing driving dynamics and active safety systems to be experienced in a realistic environment right from the start of the development process.”

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Graham Heeps is a regular contributor, and knows the dynamics industry well, having previously edited the title. Graham also writes regularly on automotive and motorsport subjects for other magazines from Vehicle Dynamics International’s publisher, UKi Media & Events (as well as editing Tire Technology International), and contributes to a range of online and print publications in the UK, USA and Canada.

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