Ever wondered how regenerative braking in hybrid and electric cars is calibrated by engineers? Or how the changeover from AI to human drivers will be validated in the future? These and many other vehicle development conundrums are being solved by technology developed by a company based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK. Ansible Motion already counts major North American and Japanese OEMs among a client base that also includes the added glamour of a raft of Formula One teams.
Ansible Motion was formed to provide state-of-the-art Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulators that addressed the weakness of existing hexapod-based simulators that have existed since the 1940s. In the words of company founder Kia Cammaerts, "Hexapods have fundamental limitations in automotive use...you run out of motion space very quickly and the working motion space of a hexapod is typically 10-20% of its maximum motion."
With these known limitations, Ansible Motion worked on a clean-sheet design of a DIL simulator from first principals, one that would connect human drivers to immersive technologies.