As automotive technology becomes more intricate, vehicle developers face ever greater challenges in managing testing and development in the real world. In recent years, driver-in-the-loop simulators have emerged as an important tool to help carmakers in facing up to this challenge.
A range of systems by companies such as Ansible Motion, Wirth, Multimatic and rFpro are increasingly being used by OEMs and tier-one suppliers as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly method of testing products before prototyping. Vehicle simulators have changed beyond recognition in recent times, with developments in responsiveness and graphics, as well as improvements in vehicle and road surface modelling fidelity. So today’s driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulators are potentially much more powerful and useful tools.