Ansible Motion simulator at Bay Zoltán Research Centre to accelerate Hungary’s automotive engineering sector

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The Bay Zoltán Research Centre in Hungary is offering individuals open access to one of Ansible Motion’s Delta series S3 simulators as part of the expansion of the ZalaZONE automotive research and development park.

Ansible Motion’s high-fidelity driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator will be used by Bay Zoltán for its own research projects, as well as by outside engineers and companies working on autonomous, human factors, driver assistance, vehicle dynamics, V2X, motorsports and electrification technologies. Previously only top OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers typically had access to such an advanced simulator.

The Bay Zoltán facility is situated near to the Austrian, Slovenian and Croatian borders, and includes a proving ground, making it a convenient site for European OEMs and suppliers looking to conduct vehicle testing. László Palkovics, the Hungarian Minister of Technology and Industry, stated that he is aiming for all premium German automotive manufacturers to be developing their vehicles in the country by 2030.

The Delta series S3 simulator features an open and modular architecture which is software agnostic. This enables the machine to operate seamlessly with almost every automotive software package a customer would need, including Hexagon VTD (environment and traffic scenarios), Cosworth Pi Toolbox (telemetry and data analysis), AVL VSM (vehicle modeling) and AVL Model.CONNECT (model integration and co-simulation). As a partner of the project, AVL delivered engineering services and software stacks to directly support use cases like ADAS and autonomous development, high-performance vehicle dynamics and chassis development work.

Infrastructure at the Bay Zoltán facility enables the company to conduct vehicle modeling, scenario generation and environment simulation for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and motorsport applications, with the option to choose from custom cabins for a fully immersive experience. The simulator is now operational and is being used for the development of autonomous driving and ADAS technologies.

“The automotive industry is advancing rapidly towards a digital transformation, having full systems designed and validated in simulated environments,” said Márk Lelkes, site manager. “To promote digital twin development and complement our existing experience at Bay Zoltán, we invested in this highly sophisticated DIL simulator. For both our current and future requirements and the stringent demands of our customers, Ansible Motion’s Delta series S3 simulator was the perfect match.”

“Bay Zoltán Research Centre is a gateway to virtual product development, and it brings versatility and performance to key sectors of the automotive industry,” said Kia Cammaerts, technical director and founder of Ansible Motion. “Staffed by a knowledgeable and experienced team, Bay Zoltán’s facility delivers flexible, turnkey access to world-leading simulation tools that [are]drawing interest from Europe and beyond. It’s a privilege to be involved with this truly world-class center for automotive development.”

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