Record numbers attend VI-grade’s 2023 EMEA Zero Prototypes Summit

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Last week ATTI attended VI-grade’s annual EMEA Zero Prototypes Summit (May 23-25) – which has been hailed a tremendous success with a record-breaking attendance of more than 270 in-person and 800 virtual attendees joining via LinkedIn.

With a total of 27 keynote and technical presentations from industry specialists across the three days, the first day of the summit featured presentations from Applus+ Idiada, Bridgestone EMIA, Bugatti Rimac, CEVT, Dromo, HBK, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maserati, Mazda Motor Corporation, Meccanica 42, MegaRide, Pagani Automobili, Pirelli Tyre, Politecnico di Milano, Tenneco and Volkswagen.

And on day two, from Barco, CAE Value, Chassis Autonomy, Ferrari, Ford Motor Company UK, Hitachi Astemo, Horiba MIRA, Hyundai METC, Jaguar Land Rover, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Moog, Multimatic, Pirelli Tyre, Politecnico di Milano and Volvo Cars.

Flavio Farroni, CEO and co-founder of MegaRide, who presented at the summit, said, “It is my seventh year attending the VI-grade conference, the sixth time as a speaker, and I am sure it won’t be the last. This event is configuring as far more than a user conference, but as a recurring opportunity to meet a community of professionals and friends, deeply focusing for three days on fascinating developments and discussions.”

Alvaro Costa Neto, partner at Multitech Engenharia, a longstanding reseller of VI-grade technology in Brazil, commented, “It is very important I attend these events so we can be informed of the latest technological releases and portfolio roadmap. I have attended all but one conference in the past and it has always been invaluable. VI-grade has made enormous progress in recent years. This is evidenced by their customer list.”

CEVT’s Vijay Ramnath, vehicle dynamics CAE engineer, who also presented at the summit, noted, “It’s been really beneficial for us; it’s particularly good to see the alignment in direction with all the suppliers and sub-suppliers.”

Simulator demonstrations were available throughout and proved invaluable for attendeesDuring the 2023 EMEA Zero Prototypes Summit, VI-grade also introduced its new Compact Full Spectrum Simulator, which was built to meet demand from vehicle design and development engineers to experience and evaluate ride motion, vibration and sound within a single, small footprint simulator.

The company also announced that it is expanding its global summit series. On September 20, it will host its second North American summit at Multimatic SimCenter in Novi, Michigan, followed by a Japanese summit on September 21 in Tokyo. On October 18, the first-ever ZPS summit dedicated to the Chinese automotive community will take place at the new SimCenter in Yantai, China, in partnership with Applus+ Idiada.

PDF versions of the presentations from the EMEA summit are available for download on the VI-grade website. The video content will be shared on VI-grade’s YouTube channel as it becomes available.

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Rachel's career in journalism has seen her write for various titles at UKi Media & Events within automotive, tire and marine. Currently editor of ATTI, her favourite aspect of the job is interviewing industry experts, including researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians, and learning more about the groundbreaking technologies and innovations that are shaping the future of transportation.

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