Open architecture simulator software for use with any simulator and vehicle model, enabling sensor simulation, traffic simulation, HIL testing and more

All our simulators run on the Cruden Panthera software suite, which integrates perfectly with existing simulator hardware and HIL or SIL configurations. Panthera is now also available as a stand-alone desktop simulator application and for use with any motion system. For more detailed information, consult our software brochure.

Panthera uses high-end physics and an excellent rendering engine. It contains controllers for motion platforms, steering feedback, pedals, dashboard, audio etc. as well as a scripting engine to define and customize the simulation.

 

PRODUCTS

Panthera simulator software features include:

  • Panthera Master – This is the main module of the simulator system. It times and controls the simulation, performs several monitoring tasks and executes interface liaison jobs for and between modules
  • Session Manager – The main GUI for operating the simulator. Operators can set up a simulation by selecting a car, road and vehicle set-up. Once configured, a session can be controlled with a single mouse click for all hard and software modules involved
  • ePhyse – This is a generic interface package that enables the use of (custom built) simulation models over a network. The default implementation is based on SIMULINK library extensions to control the configuration and state of the vehicle model that resides on the real time platform. Integrating dedicated vehicle dynamics packages, such as VI-CarRealTime, IPG Carmaker, CarSim, SIMPACK, VeDYNA, dSPACE ASM, AVL VSM, Dymola, is simple and straightforward through the ePhyse module
  • Motion cueing & control loading force feedback interface and customization
  • Platform tracking – with off-board projection systems, the motion platform position and orientation is tracked and the projected images adjusted accordingly. This can also be combined with head and/or eye-tracking
  • Edge blending and warping – a built-in module that compensates for distortion when projecting onto an arbitrary shape surface. It also smoothly blends the edges of each area where projections overlap
  • Panthera SISTer (Server for Interaction with Surfaces & Terrains) – this software determines how the tire contact patch interacts with the road either by multisampling with up to 49 intersection queries per wheel, or by driving directly on a dense point set with a spatial density down to 10 mm. This is done at a frequency of 1000 Hz or higher without additional computational costs to the vehicle model and with a latency of less than 2 ms
  • Spectator view – TV-like coverage that enables engineers and spectators to follow the vehicle from different angles or through in-car camera coverage
  • Data logging – for both your automotive simulator and your racing simulator, vehicle performance data can be exported into various data formats, including Matlab, or telemetry packages such as Motec, Darab, Wintax or Pi Toolbox
  • Panthera Set-up Tool – For Cruden developed vehicle models, as well as Simulink compatible vehicle models, engineers can change almost all vehicle settings from a GUI, most of which at runtime
  • GPS Tracker – the live timing package of the Panthera simulation environment. It shows a track map with the driver’s position on the virtual track, as well as (sector and total) times during a stint
  • Interface to traffic and scenarios

We have also introduced Panthera Free, a free version of our Panthera software suite.

 

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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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