AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

While traditional simulators support procedural simulation such as human factors studies, ergonomics and the man-machine-interface, rFpro is focused on delivering solutions for engineering development, in particular for vehicle dynamics and the systems that affect vehicle dynamics such as Active Safety.  This distinction is crucial to understanding the benefits rFpro delivers to your engineers.

By creating a driver-in-the-loop solution that is fast, with high-bandwidth feeds to the driver and to your vehicle model, while closing the loop through both the driver and the vehicle model with very low latency you are able to simulate your vehicles with sufficient fidelity that the simulator becomes a valuable engineering tool.

Engineering Development of Chassis and Drivetrain

Develop new designs in your vehicle model for testing and evaluation in your driver-in-the-loop simulator, where you can evaluate the vehicle's performance with a human in control, while benefitting from subjective feedback before the real car exists, even in prototype form. The evaluation is equally effective whatever the skill level of the driver, so can generate useful feedback from both experienced test personnel and unskilled users, such as clinic groups.

Active Safety systems development

Active safety systems need to perform their role in a user-friendly manner and continue to function smoothly despite a panicking driver's instinctive reactions to unfolding events during an emergency manoeuvre.  With a simulator capable of accurately representing the vehicle's dynamic capability and also able to respond quickly to the driver's control inputs, you have a tool that allows you to test Active Safety systems in the safety of a simulated environment, with a real human driver in control, in repeatable controlled conditions.

Definition of targets for vehicle 'feel'

A simulator that can accurately represent the individual characteristics of a particular vehicle allows you to bridge the gap between subjective targets and objective measures. A simulator can be used as a tool to allow the vehicle to be driven with different sets of attributes implemented in the model, allowing subjective evaluation of the feel of the vehicle early in the program, before hard prototypes exist. This avoids the risk of unacceptable vehicle behaviour being identified later, when the engineering costs of redesign to change a fundamental parameter, such as weight distribution or torsional rigidity, may be prohibitive.

Initial concept design

At the earliest stages of a new project, alternative architecture for the overall platform can be evaluated using simulation, with a human driver in control. This is an example of where a high-quality driver-in-the-loop simulator can let you drive a new platform literally years earlier than you might otherwise achieve by waiting for a test mule to be built.

Improved Purchasing Decisions through Virtual Comparison

At a later stage in a project, competing products or technologies from two or more Tier 1 suppliers may be evaluated by simulation with a human driver, so that the trade-offs between cost and performance may be experienced. If the differences between the products necessitate considerable rework in order to implement both on an actual test car, the simulation approach saves time and cost. Virtual testing also eliminates delays caused by the restricted availability of prototype vehicles

Involve All Departments

rFpro enables your vehicle models and control systems to be integrated, or incrementally developed, within a totally immersive simulator; either with a full simulator, or at an engineer's workstation with USB attached control inputs for basic testing. Every department using whichever vehicle modelling tool is preferred can share one common in-house facility when ready to run with a professional driver.