Compact driving simulator adopted by Japanese automotive OEM

3rd May 2018
Source: VI-grade
Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Compact driving simulator adopted by Japanese automotive OEM


VI-grade has announced that Subaru has adopted its Compact Driving Simulator solution. The new simulator, fully equipped with VI-grade dedicated software as well as with active seat, active belts and steering assembly, has been installed in Q1 2018 at the Subaru R&E Center site in Tochigi, Japan.

The Compact Simulator is the entry level solution in the range of driving simulators provided by VI-grade. It features a driver’s seat, a fully-adjustable steering wheel, dashboard, pedals, gear stick and screens and it can be placed directly in an engineering office.

It is a solution for those companies that want to start using a Driving Simulator to boost simulation activities and to test models in real time, whilst getting a subjective feeling on the results.

“We have just completed the installation of the Compact Simulator from VI-grade at our premises in Tochigi, Japan” said Noritaka Hayashi, Manager of CAE Department, Subaru.

“We will be using this driving simulator to perform all vehicle dynamics activities which fall under the Simulator Aided Engineering (SAE) definition, in particular for vehicle development in close combination with CAE. We expect to further expand the application of this technology to other areas of our vehicle development process.”

“We are delighted to report the installation of our driving simulator technology at Subaru Corporation”, said Toru Yoshii, Managing Director, VI-grade Japan.

“The group was looking for a driving simulator solution for vehicle development applications and we are proud of having the chance to leverage our professional compact driving simulator solution at this important Japanese customer.”

The Compact Simulator from VI-grade is a tool for automotive OEMs that wish to use a desktop technology to prepare models to be used for a more advanced simulator (both static and dynamic) and that need to quickly test specific components. The Compact Simulator is also a solution for Tier 1 suppliers who need to make sure that their components will work well when included into a more complex vehicle model.

This kind of simulator can also be used by universities and research centers, for example to develop and test dedicated control algorithms, as well to expose their students to driving simulator technologies. The Compact Simulator is equipped with the exact same software installed on Static and DiM simulators from VI-grade: this makes it very easy to upgrade from a Compact Simulator to a more advanced simulator, leveraging previous investments and experiences.

Accessory technologies like VI-BioTelemetry, VI-ActiveSeat and VI-ActiveBelts are also fully compatible with the Compact Simulator from VI-grade. 

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