DIL simulator for customer-centric development

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Test specialist Horiba Mira says that its vehicle attribute development team has invested in a new VI-grade compact simulator to support its proprietary ‘Voice of our Customer’ approach to vehicle development

The company notes that the foundations of its attribute engineering process are built around the driver experience as a key determiner of engineering decisions. It states that its new driver-in-the-loop (DIL) capability further embeds this philosophy by incorporating the driver’s subjective assessments at the earlier, virtual stage of the design cycle.

Tom Lee, vehicle dynamics and NVH manager at the company, said, “Adding the driver into the loop at an earlier stage in the virtual development phase not only results in better overall engineering decisions, but it is wholly consistent with our Voice of our Customer approach to attribute engineering. This investment in our new simulator facility underlines our ongoing commitment to remain the market leaders by utilizing the knowledge, experience and quality of our engineers with the latest engineering tools required to deliver first-class results for our customers.”

The VI-grade facility has been fully commissioned and is now operational as part of the company’s services. It is hoped the addition will ensure test and development timelines are shortened, costs are reduced and ultimately product performance is enhanced for the company’s OEM and Tier 1 customers.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology International and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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