With vehicle development lead times now shorter than ever before, car manufacturers are relying on human-in-the-loop driving simulators to meet deadlines while also ensuring the validation of a growing number of driver assistance technologies. Phil Morse, technical liaison at Ansible Motion, offers insight into what we can expect from simulation in 2018.
With their ever-increasing presence, driving simulators appear to be the latest tool that vehicle constructors rely upon, but they have actually played a part in vehicle development for a long time. Take a look at Mercedes’ enormous simulator with an S-Class perched on top. In fact, simulators using Stewart Platforms (a.k.a. hexapods) were trialed for tire development in the late 1940s.