Honda adopts second advanced VI-grade sim in Japan

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Simulation and driving simulator developer VI-grade has announced that an extended version of its DiM250 Dynamic Simulator has been adopted by long-standing customer Honda.

The simulator is to be installed at Honda’s R&D site in Japan and is based on the same architecture as company’s DiM250 model, but with an extended workspace achieved using longer tripod actuators. This enlarged motion platform is particularly suitable for applications that require longer time exposure to steady state accelerations.

“We are pleased to announce the adoption of a second VI-grade Dynamic Simulator at Honda,” said Toru Yoshii, Japan country manager at VI-grade. “With the DiM Simulator on both sides of the ocean, Honda has now the ideal common development platform for their R&D activities and is at the forefront of virtual vehicle development.”

Honda’s newly acquired DiM is the second VI-grade Dynamic simulator within the Honda Group, with the company’s R&D site in Offenbach, Germany, relying on a version of the DiM250 simulator for vehicle development and testing since 2018.

As the DiM250 has proved to be a valuable tool and development platform for the European team, Honda decided to introduce an extended version of DiM250 at its main development center in Japan. The Driving Simulator will be deployed to assess ride and handling, NVH, HMI and HiL, in the hope of accelerating the rate of innovation in the overall vehicle development process, while reducing the number of physical prototypes, development time and costs.

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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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