Vehicle simulator developer Ansible Motion has unveiled a new research and development centre that features an advanced driving simulator at the Hethel Engineering Centre in Norfolk.
The £2m facility features a Delta Series full motion simulator that is designed for use by highly skilled drivers looking to provide accurate and subjective feedback when evaluating new handling, steering and dynamic performance on virtual proving grounds and race tracks.
Kia Cammaerts, founder of Ansible Motion, said: “Simulators such as the Delta series in our new R&D Centre offer vehicle manufacturers a no-compromise method to reduce development costs and time.
“Using our simulator has cut the validation time from 10 days to just three for an Electronic Stability Control programme for one particular car maker. Apply those kinds of savings in cost and time across the whole car and it explains why we are now getting more and more enquiries from global OEMs to see what our simulator can do.”
Vehicle simulators have long been used by car manufacturers and motorsport teams to evaluate new models and features, but Ansible Motion’s Delta Series is aimed at highly skilled drivers who need realistic handling and responsiveness to provide the best feedback to engineers. To do this, Ansible Motion has built a model of the human vestibular system in to the simulator so the drivers can relate to the handling of the cars accurately.
Cammaerts said: “Experienced drivers feel the difference straight away when they drive this simulator. We were inspired to open our R&D Centre to visitors so rather than just tell people about how different our approach is, they can come here and actually experience it.
“We know that climbing aboard and having a drive is the best way for someone to experience the Ansible Motion difference, so we are pleased to be able to allow this peek behind the curtain at our R&D Centre.”
The Delta series simulator has a six-degrees-of-freedom motion system, powered by 16 5GHz computers, with five projectors projecting a 240-degree wrap-around view onto an 8m screen. The R&D Centre also includes a full control room to allow engineers to monitor up to 300 channels of data.
Cammaerts said: “This R&D Centre will enable automotive engineers to assess how our simulator performs and it also serves as an internal development resource to ensure our simulators, built here in Norfolk, remain at the leading edge of this invaluable technology.”