Modular automotive simulator for ADAS, AV and HMI testing

Designer, manufacturer and integrator of professional open architecture driving simulators, Cruden, has redesigned its simulator top frame to allow automotive engineers to design and modify their own driver interface structure and make hardware changes themselves.

The simulator has been designed in response to evolving applications for driving simulators where there are rapidly changing requirements for layout and components, such as the testing of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AV).

The stiffer, stronger frame is said to preserve the driver’s recessed position within the motion base while maximising the functional workspace. The seating position provides easier access, lower overall height and more motion realism than a car mock-up mounted on top of the motion base, although this option is still available.

“We want to give our customers the total freedom to design their own simulator from the top frame up,” said Maarten van Donselaar, CEO of Cruden. “Of course, if the customer prefers, Cruden can design and supply all the driver interface equipment, based on our experience from many years of collaboration with automotive OEMs.”

The sub-frame can be used with an off-board screen and projectors or with 3 x 42” Cruden vibration isolated on-board screens. It offers easier driver entry, without the need for a moving access bridge due to the off-set parking position of the motion base. Engineers can switch between entirely different car frames and components themselves.

The frame has pre-defined, or custom, mounting interfaces that allow for customers to bolt on specific interior parts such as seats, steering wheels, pedals and partial dashboards, or even A pillars and three-point seatbelts, while maintaining overall structural integrity.