We’re pleased to announce the biggest update yet to Panthera Free, the free-to-use version of our Panthera simulator software. At the heart of a comprehensive suite of upgrades is the addition of Panthera ADAS Toolbox, an experimental environment in MATLAB/Simulink that allows automotive engineers and researchers to create any ADAS controller they want and introduce it to the driving simulator.
Following an in-depth review and working closely with existing users, we have improved Panthera Free’s design, user experience and integration possibilities by increasing its flexibility and simplification.
With the increased relevance of ADAS testing – for instance automatic ABS, lane-keeping, advanced cruise control – and the reliance on simulations to validate vehicle parameters safely in the virtual world, we have placed greater emphasis on the interfacing tools to encourage further development in this area of the vehicle development process.
The model parameterisation interface has been simplified to suit users who are more familiar with MATLAB/Simulink. This makes the transition much simpler than before. Furthermore, this simplified model, which relies on less S-functions (the compiled codes in Simulink) and external toolboxes, encourages the user to conduct further experiments with the model and even create their own.
Panthera Free can be used with almost any vehicle model including VI-CarRealTime, IPG CarMaker, veDYNA, CarSim, Dymola, dSPACE ASM or SIMPACK for single channel desktop simulations. Or, users can take our in-house developed Simulink vehicle model, CSVM-Lite, which comes as part of the package.
To find out more about how the new and improved Panthera Free software can help you accelerate the develop your next project, visit the Panthera Free page on the Cruden website or download it for free from this link. To promote collaborative development and community support, users can join the Panthera Free forum.
We hope you and your colleagues enjoy our new upgrades and that they facilitate the development of highly accurate driving simulations and specialised vehicle modelling creations.