Installation of VI-Grade driving simulator at China Euro Vehicle Technology

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Driving simulation solution company VI-Grade has announced the installation and commissioning of one of its DiM250 Dynamic Driving Simulators at China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT), the Geely Holding Group’s innovation center for future mobility solutions in Gothenburg, Sweden. The simulator will be used to accelerate a range of R&D activities at the site.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a transformation from the old ways of the car to the new future of mobility, where the experience of the customer is at heart and where we provide a service that is highly valuable,” explained Mats Fägerhag, China Euro Vehicle Technology CEO. “At CEVT, we have the vision and ambition as well as the experience to do this and with the simulator we have enhanced our skill set to further drive this change.”

CEVT selected the DiM250 simulator complete turn-key solution from VI-Grade, alongside the VI-DriveSim software suite and its complete active technology offering, consisting of belts, a seat, brakes and shakers. This will enable CEVT to carry out testing of driving dynamics and active safety systems in hyper-realistic scenarios. Vehicle dynamics, ride and comfort testing, and ADAS applications for the development of new vehicles, will all be tested.

“We have now had our first-hand experience of operating and using a full scale, advanced driving simulator and we are impressed with the capabilities that the DiM250 gives,” commented Albin Gröndahl, CAE engineer and project manager for the driving simulator at CEVT.

“Not only can we quickly test a lot of ideas that would be expensive, time consuming or too complex to perform in real life but we’re also noticing how well the simulator pushes the collaboration and aspirations of the different teams across CEVT. We are shaping the way of mobility going forwards and the simulator is a crucial tool for that purpose, creating value for our customers in the end.”

The DiM simulator creates realistic vehicle movements and accelerations on a patented revolutionary design with nine actuators. The configuration, with nine degrees of freedom, enables it to surpass basic six-actuator designs like a hexapod setup. This provides a larger workspace while maintaining a high stiffness and low latency, making the system suitable for low and high frequencies, both of which occur in chassis design. Due to this, the DiM enables engineers to carry out both vehicle dynamics investigation and ride or comfort testing on the same simulator.

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