READ OUR SERIES OF ARTICLES ON HOW TO SPECIFY A DRIVING SIMULATOR
In over a decade of pioneering, manufacturing and integrating driving simulators, we have encountered every type of visual, motion, audio and projection system, as well as all the different software packages on the market, from simulator software and vehicle models to traffic simulation and 3D render engines. As an independent company, open to working with any simulator systems, hardware componentry and software – and able to interface with them – we’ve helped hundreds of engineers and researchers understand how to package the ideal driving simulator for a myriad of use cases. We understand what works and what doesn’t.
We pride ourselves on providing honest, neutral advice, and a genuine desire to help educate the market. We base this advice on years of responding to your frequently asked questions. We’ve taken the content of our customer conversations and turned them into a series of articles, broken down by the main topic areas.
Please see the sections below for the articles we have published so far.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 3D CONTENT FOR DRIVING SIMULATORS
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPECIFYING DRIVING SIMULATOR MOTION SYSTEMS
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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.”
A LIST OF WELL-KNOWN ORGANIZATIONS THAT TRUST CRUDEN
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HOW TO SPECIFY A DRIVING SIMULATOR
Read our series of articles on factors to consider when choosing and building a simulator for research and/or testing needs. From motion systems to 3D content, we address every frequently asked question.