DRIVING SIMULATOR HARDWARE
Cruden designs, manufactures and/or integrates all driving simulator hardware elements, including: motion systems, steering systems, vehicle components, platforms, seating, body interface frames and visual & audio systems.
All our driving simulators use our direct drive force feedback steering system, a purposely designed, multi-turn actuator for high-speed steering wheel applications. These are purposely designed actuators for high-fidelity steering wheel applications, featuring double loop control, which optimally recreates the torque demanded by the vehicle model. At a bandwidth exceeding 50 Hz, the maximum peak torque is 30 Nm, the nominal maximum torque is 20 Nm and the maximum velocity is 4500 deg/s.
We produce static and motion simulator systems, from 0 to 7-DOF. When motion is required, most customers use our standard industrial 6-DOF motion bases with either 400 or 640 mm actuator stroke, as used in professional automotive, motorsport and military simulator applications around the world. Click here to read our series of articles on driving simulator motion systems.
Cruden integrates original vehicle components such as shifting devices, pedal boxes, steering wheels or complete dashboards. Add-ons include active brake pedals, seat belt loaders and vibration devices.
We offer a range of simulator platforms and seating and interface frames to allow the incorporation of mock-ups, tub/chassis or partial/complete vehicles. An Interchangeable Driver Cell (IDC) option allows for a 20 minute changeover of different mock-ups.
Cruden simulators are provided with high-end multi-channel audio systems to provide high quality audio using top-class DA conversion, low latency signal processing, balanced signal distribution and high-end audio components. The audio is simulated in the Cruden audio engine based on samples from the Cruden audio library or custom multi-track recordings of the customer’s vehicle.
Cruden makes simulator systems with integrated TFT displays as well as on- and off-board projection systems using various technologies available, including the latest LED wall visual systems. Each visual system consists of carefully selected components configured for optimal performance in a Cruden simulator setup. This takes into account the application and parameters such as system resolution, system contrast, frame rate and end-to-end latency.
Here is an illustration of four different simulator types, including their visual systems, as specified by one of our automotive customers. Together, they cater for a wide variety of experiments using diverse automotive systems.
Click here to read our article on the use of LED wall visual systems in driving simulators.
Project Manager at Audi AG
“The driving simulator is part of the comprehensive virtual development chain that we are already using successfully to design new chassis. In the future, we want to use it to experience driving characteristics very early on, in order to make pivotal decisions about the project. That saves time and resources and makes it possible for us to influence the vehicle concept early on.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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