Revolutionary active seat and belts installed inside Volvo simulator

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Volvo Car Corporation has upgraded its VI-grade motion platform, Driver in Motion, with a newly developed active seat and belts.

Diego Minen, technical director at VI-grade, said, “Our active seats are based on cushions inflated by compressed air that apply different levels of pressure on different portions of the body; the effect of the active seat is combined with a proper tensioning of the active belts during braking and helps to better feel steady-state accelerations, which are always limited on driving simulators.

“We are now fine tuning a new revolutionary multi-cueing technique to harmonize platform motions and somatosensory cues in order to expand the virtual immersion to an unprecedented level of realism.”

Carl Sandberg, vehicle dynamics concept engineer at Volvo Car Corporation, added, “Through the adoption of the brand new active seats and belts, we expect to further enhance the overall driving experience on our simulator, enabling driving dynamics and active safety systems to be experienced in an even more realistic environment right from the start of the development process.”

April 25, 2017

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