Ford adds new VI-grade DiL to China R&D center

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VI-grade has announced the complete installation and commissioning of one of its Compact Simulators at the Ford Motor Research and Engineering Center in Nanjing, China. 3D virtual data that simulates Ford China’s test tracks in Nanjing will also soon be integrated into the driving simulator.

The simulator will enable engineers to evaluate vehicle dynamics performance, primarily on steering and handling capability, in a 3D virtual environment. Ultimately, the solution can help engineers reduce product development time and better meet the needs of Chinese consumers. Because the Compact Simulator utilizes the same toolchain as the VI-grade Static and Dynamic DiM Driving Simulators, it enables users to upgrade to a more advanced simulator without having to install new software and implement new processes.

“We are excited to provide our Compact Simulator solution for Ford China,” said Richard Liu, China country manager at VI-grade. “In conjunction with the Virtual Testing Tracks data, the Compact Simulator is an innovative tool to develop and test designs more efficiently, reducing time-to-market for future products. We are looking forward to further expanding our cooperation with Ford in the future.”

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