Pratt Miller acquires an AB Dynamics’ advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator

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An AB Dynamics’ advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator (aVDS) is scheduled to be installed in Q4 2023 at Pratt Miller, a motorsport, automotive and defense engineering consultancy. It is estimated that the aVDS driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator will be fully operational in January 2024.

Using high bandwidth linear actuators, the simulator is capable of delivering 6DOF dynamic performance, in addition to high acceleration and frequency response and minimal latency across the full range of motion. To enhance the driving experience further, the aVDS can be used with virtual content from rFpro.

The motion platform can be configured for payloads up to 500kg and as a result can be used for a range of applications, including vehicle dynamics, ADAS and autonomous systems, durability, hardware-in-the-loop, software-in-the-loop and driver monitoring.

“The acquisition of the DIL system aligns perfectly with Pratt Miller’s commitment to driving technological excellence across the markets we serve,” said Matt Carroll, Pratt Miller CEO. “The DIL is just one more advanced tool in our product development toolbox, enabling our team to do their jobs faster, better and more efficiently than the day before. And when our team is faster, better and more efficient, so are our customers. It’s quite literally a win-win.”

“Pratt Miller is a world-class expert in its field, having had success in NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA and WEC, including nine Le Mans class wins,” added Dave Kirkman, technical director at AB Dynamics. “It has unparalleled expertise in extracting maximum value from DIL technology. This recent acquisition, following Pratt Miller’s thorough market assessment, is further proof of the ongoing effectiveness of the aVDS for both high-level motorsport and automotive vehicle development. We look forward to seeing continued success for Pratt Miller both on and off the racetrack.”

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