New ADAS tools added to Cruden’s Panthera Free simulator software
Cruden has launched what the company says is the biggest update yet to Panthera Free, the free-to-use version of its Panthera simulator software. At the heart of a comprehensive suite of upgrades is the addition of Panthera ADAS Toolbox, an experimental environment in MATLAB/Simulink that allows automotive engineers and researchers to create an ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) controller and introduce it to the driving simulator.
Since its launch in 2016, Cruden says Panthera Free has become a popular tool for automotive and motorsport engineers and engineering students. Following an in-depth review and working closely with existing users, Cruden has updated Panthera Free to offer users what the company says is an even greater degree of flexibility and simplified user experience than before.
“Panthera Free has always showcased what is possible with Cruden’s proprietary software. We have listened carefully to the feedback from our user base, which has ultimately informed many of the improvements in the design, user experience, and integration possibilities of Panthera Free. With the increased relevance of ADAS testing—for instance automatic ABS, lane-keeping, advanced cruise control—and the reliance on simulations to validate vehicle parameters safely in the virtual world, Cruden has placed greater emphasis on the interfacing tools to encourage further development in this area of the vehicle development process,” said Martijn de Mooij, Technical Development Manager.
Cruden says it has simplified the model parameterization interface to suit users who are more familiar with MATLAB/Simulink, which aims to make the transition simpler than before. Furthermore, this simplified model, which relies on less S-functions (the compiled codes in Simulink) and external toolboxes, encourages the user to conduct further experiments with the model, as well as create their own.
Panthera Free is designed for use with almost any vehicle model including VI-CarRealTime, IPG CarMaker, veDYNA, CarSim, Dymola, dSPACE ASM, or SIMPACK for single channel desktop simulations. Or, users can take the in-house developed Simulink vehicle model, CSVM-Lite, which comes as part of the package.
To promote collaborative development and community support, users can join the Panthera Free forum. This online support platform allows users to share best practices with each other and encourage deeper development using the single-channel Panthera Free software.
For more information, visit www.cruden.com.