About Cruden

Cruden is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and integrator of professional open architecture driving simulators and simulator software for the automotive, motorsport, marine and motorcycle industries. 

We supply flexible, durable, high performing real-time simulators and their modular components: 

  • Hardware
  • Simulator software (Panthera)
  • Vehicle models
  • 3D content
  • Visual & audio systems

We recognized the potential of engineering simulators to save time and money through driver-in-the-loop (DIL) testing in the early 1990s, having started life as a spin-off of Fokker Aircraft. Since then, we have installed over 100 simulators, globally, and pioneered simulator technology for many new applications, such as driver research for autonomous driving handover moments and crew training simulators for fast small craft

 

We employ over 35 people at our Amsterdam, Netherlands, facility, and are proud to retain some of the simulation industry’s leading experts. From here, we design and integrate the complete simulator architecture, including all the components, in-house, creating the perfect environment for low-latency simulator system integration.

 

 

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Cruden’s CEO and co-founder is Maarten van Donselaar.
Sales is led by Dennis Marcus, commercial manager.

Maarten van Donselaar, CEO

 

 

Our customers include race teams, universities, research institutes, automotive and commercial vehicle OEMs, and maritime training centers. They rely on Cruden for:

  • Simulators and software that easily integrate with existing tool chains
  • Future-proofed, open-architecture systems that do not tie companies in
  • Rich, honest and importantly, fun, working relationships!
  • Making simulators affordable and accessible to as many organizational functions as possible, by focusing on technology that matters and a lean approach  
  • Customer support and access to ongoing consultancy, delivered as per customer preference

Do we sound like a company you could work with? Then get in touch, today!

 

GIL DE FERRAN

GIL DE FERRAN

Indianapolis 500 winner, Indy car champion and consultant to HPD (Honda Performance Development)

“Because [setup] changes can be done so quickly, the simulator allows you to run through many more [chassis geometry and track condition] changes than you could perform with an actual race car. It also allows you to perform experiments that would be completely impractical – or highly expensive – on an actual race car.”

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GUILLAUME CAPIETTO

GUILLAUME CAPIETTO

Technical Director, Prema Racing

“Our previous simulator wasn’t realistic enough to be used for car development or setup optimisation and was not really open to development by our own engineers. Adding Panthera gives us better platform cueing to improve driver immersion; better performing and more efficient image rendering and a higher display frequency; better control of steering force feedback and belt-tensioner cueing; more realistic car and tyre models; and better correlation between simulation and real-driving.”

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LEWIS BUTLER

LEWIS BUTLER

Technical Director at Mahindra Racing

“A professional simulator is needed to ensure that our energy strategies are correct and that our drivers are familiar with all the controls procedures and options before we get to the track. After researching all options, we concluded that a Cruden simulator will provide the best balance between cost and technical benefit. It’s important that we are be able to integrate the simulator with our existing vehicle model. Cruden is a skilled system integrator with a detailed understanding of racing operations which gives us a great deal of confidence.” 

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MARIAN GÖLLNER

MARIAN GÖLLNER

Research Assistant at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

“The development cycle of any mechatronic component consists of three main stages: model-in-the-loop, software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop. For us, there was a gap because the driver is not involved in any of these three stages. To do this we purchased a Cruden DIL simulator, which is now the fourth and final stage of our simulation cycle.”

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JAY R GROMASKI

JAY R GROMASKI

Senior Manager of Autonomous Test & Simulation Development at Mobis.

“We selected Cruden as a full system integrator of the simulation environment and due to the company’s proper management of the simulator latency effect and quality of customer service.”

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JONATHAN NICOLS

JONATHAN NICOLS

Lead Systems Engineer at Artemis Technologies.

“The simulator will enable Artemis Technologies to make design direction decisions much earlier. We learn too much too late, only discovering whether the offline engineering has been successful once we get the boat in the water.”

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AXEL NIKLASSON

AXEL NIKLASSON

Student driver from Chalmers Automotive Simulator Technology Education Research (CASTER)

“It is so easy to change the setup in the simulator. It allows us to get a first glimpse of how the cars’ mechanical grip changes with different setups. Usually we do ten minute stints with quick setup changes and as a driver it’s great to feel the immediate effect of a change, rather than having to wait for the mechanics.”

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PROFESSOR JUNMIN WANG

PROFESSOR JUNMIN WANG

Director, Mobility Systems Laboratory at UT-Austin

“The Cruden system affords us the luxury of testing and validating autonomous vehicle control systems exclusively or as part of a wider scope of research where human behaviours and interactions with these systems are repeatedly monitored and observed in real time. The flexibility and ease at which the hardware and software works together enables us to conduct repeatable and measurable research on accurate representations of the vehicles, the prevailing driving environment and numerous scenarios in which a driver may encounter.”

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