New multi-function simulator design addresses latest hardware needs

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Cruden has redesigned its simulator top frame to enable automotive engineers to design and modify their own driver interface structure and make hardware changes themselves. This is in response to evolving applications for driving simulators where there are rapidly changing requirements for layout and components, such as the testing of ADAS and autonomous vehicles.

The new, stiffer and stronger frame preserves the driver’s recessed position within the motion base while maximizing the functional workspace. The seating position provides easier access, lower overall height and more motion realism than a car mock-up mounted on top of the motion base, although this option can still be pursued as per the customer’s preference.

The new sub-frame can be used with an offboard screen and projectors or with 3x42in Cruden vibration isolated onboard screens. It offers easier driver entry, without the need for a moving access bridge due to the off-set parking position of the motion base. Engineers can switch between entirely different car frames and components themselves. The new simulator design complies with all necessary directives and regulations and has CE marking.

The frame has pre-defined (or custom) mounting interfaces that allow for customers to bolt on specific interior parts such as seats, steering wheels, pedals and partial dashboards, or even A pillars and three-point seatbelts, while maintaining overall structural integrity.

July 19, 2016

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