Progress Technologies Group acquires updated version of VI-grade’s dynamic driving simulator

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Japanese engineering firm Progress Technologies Group has acquired a DiM250 dynamic driving simulator from VI-grade to expand its technical services for design and development projects for major OEMs in Japan.

An extended version of VI-grade’s DiM250 dynamic driving simulator will be installed at Progress Technologies Group’s new engineering site. It is based on the same patented architecture as VI-grade’s DiM250 model but with extended workspace due to longer tripod actuators.

By acquiring the advanced driving simulator, Progress Technologies will be able to provide high-level virtual testing services to Japanese OEMs and suppliers. The group aims to enhance development efficiency and product quality, and reduce development time using digital and virtual technologies.

“The driving simulator allows us to not only refine conventional automobile driving skills such as running, stopping and turning but also to safely perform functional verification of automatic driving systems and advanced safety control systems,” said Nakayama Gakuto, CEO of Progress Technologies Group. “On the other hand, the driving simulator is valuable testing equipment that requires a high level of technical expertise to master.

“To remove this barrier, we aim to promote the wider usage of the driving simulator with more automotive companies. By doing so, we can offer our customers an unparalleled simulation and virtual testing environment to streamline their automotive development.”

Toru Yoshii, Japan county manager at VI-grade, commented, “We are excited to have Progress Technologies Group adopt an extended version of our DiM250 dynamic simulator in their new engineering site, which will bring their customers one step closer to zero prototypes. The driving simulator will enable Progress Technologies Group to offer the highest-quality engineering services to their customers while also significantly advancing their own research projects for next-generation vehicles.”

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