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According to NIO’s Co-Founder, Jack Cheng, the


use of a single simulation tool will significantly reduce the number of physical prototypes that need to be built. “We’re looking forward to taking full advantage of the DiM turnkey solution from VI-grade in order to build and market a car that excels in providing an exceptional user experience,” he says.


ADAS & AUTONOMY Honda also had the topic of ADAS in mind when it ordered a DiM250 dynamic driving simulator for installation at its Offenbach facility in Germany later this year.


According to Yasunori Oku, Executive Vice


President, Honda R&D Europe Deutschland, the company expects to use the DiM250 primarily for vehicle dynamics and ride applications, as well as using it as a crucial tool to develop and test ADAS, HMI, powertrain and autonomous driving technologies earlier in the design process. “The DiM250 technology will provide an ideal


SIMULATING DRIVER RESPONSE


Using simulation with different objectives, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is expecting the technology to drive future transport policy, customer safety and road network performance. To this end, the organisation has made a six figure investment to enhance its DigiCar simulation suite, which TRL says is a behavioural research and validation tool that puts people at the heart of the system. DigiCar has been built using a


Peugeot 3008 SUV and creates a fully immersive experience by combining full vehicle controls and hyper- realistic sensory inputs to enable greater virtual and real world synergy, including a wider field of view (300˚) and road surface simulations, such as a rumble strip, speed bumps and a


variety of weather conditions. Drivers’ physiological and biometric data is captured via a range of state-of-the- art measurements and eye tracking capabilities. TRL’s DigiCar simulator will play


a pivotal role in validating and facilitating the growth of connected and automated systems worldwide. It will allow users, including manufacturers, technology companies, research institutes and city planners to safely trial the impact of Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) in real- life scenarios. Commenting on the launch of


the new TRL DigiCar, Ryan Robbins, Senior Human Factors Researcher at TRL, said: “With the majority of vehicle manufacturers now investing in connected and autonomous


❱ ❱ The TRL Peugeot simulator focuses on human interaction rather than technology performance


technology, DigiCar provides a safe and controlled environment for validation trials. Using a simulator is a more cost-effective alternative to acquiring a fleet of vehicles and running labour-intensive trials. The continued evolution of the TRL DigiCar will enable us to gain a greater understanding of the impact innovative mobility technologies will have on our transport system.”


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❱ ❱ LEFT: Collaborative simulation enables sub- systems such as tyres to be modelled within the full vehicle simulation software


❱ ❱ RIGHT: Driver- in-Motion and


Hardware-in-the- Loop simulation technology helps Honda


create a virtual environment for ADAS and


autonomy trials


common development platform for our research and development activities, where all teams involved can work together in one single collaborative environment,” he says. As an ADAS simulation environment, the DiM250 will support Honda R&D with a new way of developing vehicles and active control systems: it is possible to frontload activities in the development cycle when prototypes are not yet available. Software- in-the-Loop (SIL) and HIL applications combine with each other when a driving simulator is used in the vehicle development process. To reproduce vehicle movements and accelerations, the DiM250 takes a different path into driving simulation and is based on a patented design that has nine actuators. The resulting 9 degrees of freedom configuration enables it to go beyond the basic six actuators design of a simple hexapod, providing a larger workspace whilst maintaining high stiffness. This leads to a system suitable for the range of frequencies required in automotive chassis design.


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