New simulator aims to help carmakers understand how human drivers will interact with autonomous cars
A new simulator to help carmakers better understand how drivers will cope with and respond to the rising number of driver assistance (ADAS) and autonomous (AI) automotive technologies was introduced by Ansible Motion. The latest iteration of the company's Delta Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulator is meant to provide a safe and repeatable laboratory environment to test and validate the myriad ADAS systems that are increasingly being fitted or proposed to new cars.
“Carmakers are introducing more driver-assistance technologies, but their level and method of intervention differs by car brand,” said Kia Cammaerts, Founder and Director of Ansible Motion. “If a car does something unexpected, we are able to test what the driver and occupant reactions will be in our simulator laboratory, well in advance of cutting any metal. Our latest simulator enables car manufacturers to design better and safer vehicles and assess many proposed technologies early in the design cycle.”
Ansible Motion’s simulator lab in Hethel, Norfolk, has added a number of new features, such as new cabin environments that reflect OEM styling and human interaction features and new software connectivity that allows deeper environment and sensor simulation, coupled with Ansible Motion’s proprietary motion, vision, and audio environment that “tricks” drivers and occupants into believing they are experiencing a real vehicle and its ADAS or autonomous technologies.
“We aim to deliver compelling experiences to connect real people to the world of simulation. This method of providing virtual ride and drive experiences has proven to be highly effective for vehicle constructors as they trial their new concepts,” said Cammaerts.