How simulators are keeping drivers in the loop

Just-AutoVehicle simulators have changed beyond recognition in the past few years. Just Auto spoke to Ansible Motion’s founder Kia Cammaerts about its latest technologies.

Ansible Motion has just revealed a new driving simulator. Can you tell us more about this and why you decided to create it?

There is a growing demand for high-fidelity, high-dynamic, human-centric vehicle simulations, and we wanted to create a versatile product that could be used by anyone who might benefit from a driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator. It’s no longer just chassis, performance, or HMI teams that are benefiting from DIL simulator technology, but also ride, ADAS, autonomy, V2X, ergonomics, power-train and brand teams – and even legislative and regulatory bodies – that are finding answers and better solutions with our simulation offerings. I would describe the Delta series S3 as a turn-key virtual testing environment that provides everything necessary to convincingly connect real people with imagined vehicles and world spaces. Our aim with this new design is to provide a more useful tool for automotive product development teams, one that can be in use early and often to assist with exploring vehicle design decisions.

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How is it different to the previous version?

With the Delta series S3, we've taken our original stratiform motion system concept and extended it to provide higher fidelity and longer duration motions while keeping our trademark high-dynamic capabilities. We improved payload capacity, introduced simpler and stiffer dynamic load paths, and improved the kinematic design of the motion system. The results are high accelerations, high velocities, longer displacements with high bandwidth and precise motions at lower velocities for smooth reproduction of subtle vehicle attributes. It delivers accelerations beyond 1G, velocities above 5m/s and class-leading frequency response. We’ve also increased its turning capability for full 360° dynamic yaw rotations and our Delta series panoramic vision systems now match this with a large full-wrap projection. All these new attributes make the Delta series S3 perfect for real-world scenarios as diverse as aggressive lane changing, autonomous parking, AEB interaction, and more. A number of key driving manoeuvres can be conducted 1-to-1 in terms of motion with the real world, providing unparalleled realism for a simulation environment.

Have you sold any?

Yes, in a very short space of time, the Delta series S3 has already become our most successful product to date. We have confirmed sales to Honda R&D Company, Continental, BMW, Deakin University, together with several other projects I can’t name.

Read the full Q&A on the Just Auto website.

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About Ansible Motion

Founded in 2009, Ansible Motion creates and deploys technology associated with the physical and logical simulation of human-directed vehicles. We offer a range of automotive Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulators featuring advanced computational and mechanical performance capabilities, and industry-unique motion and immersion solutions that create compelling virtual worlds for drivers and product development engineers.

Ansible Motion DIL simulators are used by automotive and research organisations around the globe to place real people into direct contact with imagined vehicles, on-board systems and situations. Our DIL simulators are designed, built and developed at our factory and R&D Centre in Hethel, England.