Honda uses latest driving simulation

2018-02-08 06:00

HONDA became the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt a driving simulator based on a revolutionary architecture called DiM250 (Driver-in-Motion).

Most driving simulators make use of motion technology derived from flight simulators, and typically use six actuators to deliver six “degrees of freedom”.

However, to accurately reproduce vehicle ride, handling and acceleration characteristics within a single simulator, VI-grade’s DiM250 system uses nine actuators to create additional ranges of motion. It is unique in the industry.

Yasunori Oku, executive vice president, Honda R&D Europe, said: “We expect to use DiM250 primarily for vehicle dynamics and ride applications, as well as using it as a crucial tool to develop and test our ADAS, HMI, powertrain and autonomous driving technologies earlier in the design process.

“The DiM250 technology will provide an ideal common development platform for our research and development activities, where all teams involved can work together in one single collaborative environment.”

The DiM250 system has been designed by simulator software developer VI-grade, and is engineered and manufactured by automatic controls specialist Saginomiya.

Its electrically driven nine-actuator platform is more advanced than conventional “hexapod” designs, and the whole system moves by sliding on air pads, rather than using additional mechanical rails. The air pads counterbalance the high payloads and dynamic loads, and help to make the simulator extremely stiff, silent and reliable.

The integration of Software-in-loop (SIL) and Hardware-in-loop (HIL) applications within the simulator will enable designers and engineers to evaluate advancements in the vehicle development cycle before physical prototypes have even been built.

It will also allow the simulator to more accurately imitate problem scenarios to test safety systems and controls.

Juergen Fett, MD, VI-grade, said the technology will help Honda R&D to develop cars in a shorter time, while providing VI-grade with precious feedback to further improve our driving simulation.

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