The innovative MTS Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS) allows engineers to resolve vehicle handling issues and study the impact of design changes well in advance of the availability of physical prototypes.
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The VDS features sophisticated low-latency sensory cueing and a highly adaptable virtual environment, featuring rFactor Pro graphics.
The VDS can accommodate advanced mHIL technology, which offers the potential for real-time integration of difficult-to-model hardware, such as steering systems.
Introducing the MTS Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS)The MTS Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS) is a next-generation driving simulator engineered to provide automotive OEMs, motorsports teams and Tier 1 suppliers a revolutionary means for accelerating and streamlining development processes. Born of Formula 1 vehicle modeling and simulation innovation, the VDS employs a “driver-in-the-loop” approach that allows engineers to test drive conceptual vehicle designs through numerous virtual environments and scenarios, well in advance of the availability of physical prototypes.
The VDS combines an electric dynamic motion platform, lightweight driver chassis, sophisticated low-latency sensory cueing and a highly adaptable virtual environment, featuring rFactor Pro graphics. Real-time computing facilitates the rapid integration and synchronization of complex vehicle and terrain models with physical hardware. The resulting high-fidelity simulation and driver feedback enables vehicle designers and test engineers to identify and resolve handling issues and study the impact of design changes while a vehicle is still in early-stage development, avoiding the need for expensive, time-consuming rework during late-stage validation.
The VDS offers unique advantages over conventional driving simulators. It features a compact, all-electric modular design that minimizes infrastructure and maintenance requirements and streamlines installation. This makes the simulator well-suited for deployment into office, laboratory or proving ground environments, providing a common experiential reference for designers and engineers across the vehicle development continuum.
Additionally, the VDS is designed to accommodate advanced mechanical Hardware-in-the-Loop (mHIL) technology. Developed by MTS, mHIL is a unique implementation of hybrid simulation that combines mechanical testing hardware and virtual models in a real-time control loop, actively adapting to changes in simulation inputs. This offers the potential for real-time integration of difficult-to-model hardware - tires, dampers, hybrid transient powertrains and steering systems - directly into VDS simulations, enabling further reductions in lead-times and cost while improving correlation.
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