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Vehicle Dynamics award for innovative simulator
Driver-in-the-Loop simulation system from Ansible Motion takes innovation prize in Vehicle Dynamics International award.
At the 2016 Vehicle Dynamics International award ceremony, which took place on 6th May, Hethel based vehicle simulation specialist, Ansible Motion, took the Innovation of the Year prize for its Delta series Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulator.
The award came after industry expert nominations and votes from global automotive specialists based on the benefits the Delta series simulator offers to the industry in terms of cost, time and interactivity. The system was described by awards judge, Nikos Kounitis as an innovative tool for the evaluation of vehicle dynamics and the tuning of electronic systems.
The simulator provides automotive manufacturers with the ability to prove concepts whilst they’re still being developed through the connection of real drivers with the design model that still only exists within the design software. Such an approach enables greater dynamism and creativity in design and saves the manufacturer a great deal of cost in physically prototyping concepts that may have to be abandoned.
These creative developments could be in the vehicle dynamics and are also increasingly being simulated for autonomous control systems and advanced driver assist systems to create safer vehicles.
The innovative elements of the Delta series revolves around the new platform and the driver immersion. Ansible motion has moved away from the traditional “hexapod” approach to simulator structure towards a simplified approach that provides simpler motion and a more realistic response to highly dynamic vehicles. The driver experiences greater levels of immersion as a result of the embedding of machine dynamics and human physiology models into the simulator control software.
Commenting on receiving the award and the role Ansible Motion’s customers play in its innovation success, the company’s founder, Kia Cammaerts said, “We would like to say thank you to our customer base from the early adopters, which were mostly F1 teams, to our current clients, including 3 of the top 5 vehicle manufacturers, for using our DIL simulation tools and placing this technology on the front lines of their vehicle developments, thereby pushing us to stay at the leading edge.”