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Multiphysics Vehicle Simulation for Research and Innovation

Progress and innovation demand an automotive research vehicle simulation that accurately models all aspects of the driving experience.

Distracted driving. Snowstorms. Uneven pavement. System faults and failures. In-vehicle distractions.

Whatever conditions drivers encounter in the real world, Realtime Technologies can help your designers and researchers recreate in vehicle simulations. Our vehicle and driving simulation solutions bring together vehicle dynamics, graphical simulation, complex scenario design, multi-sensory cues, and precise vehicle and environment modeling for the best simulation in automotive industry research. In a single flexible and scalable simulator solution, you can factor in a wide number of variables, creating a true-to-life vehicle operation experience—including road conditions and safety hazards.

These simulation solutions capture high-quality, actionable information on driver and vehicle behaviors (including data from many third-party tools), simplifying your research and design process.

Advanced Simulation in Automotive Industry Research with SimCreator

The SimCreator vehicle driving simulation platform is designed to readily integrate into research environments. It’s a complete hardware/software solution. Every aspect can be configured to suit your research—from low-cost generic virtual vehicle driving simulations built around gaming-style steering and pedal sets to custom mock-up vehicles with full instrumentation based on current or future production vehicles or concepts.

Using FAAC’s SimCreator application software and hardware, the experience of the drive can be simulated in a way that fully replicates the feel of the road and complexity of any driving scenario. Its vehicle simulation provides the sort of advanced modeling solution that is integral to safety and engineering research. Whether you are conducting research into road safety or your engineering team needs to model how vehicle changes affect performance, SimCreator gives you the platform you need for insightful analysis.

The optional SimADAS plug-in for SimCreator allows for virtual testing of driver assistance systems, enabling safe research into distracted driving, self-driving car technology, ADAS, and more. For some applications, SimCreator can even be supplemented with additional vehicle simulation tools that enable real-time video capture, implementation of virtual scenarios and environments, and more.

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Complete Vehicle and Driving Simulations:

All of the software elements of your simulator are controlled through SimCreator, our real-time vehicle driving simulation and modeling system.  Using its graphical interface, you can configure and coordinate vehicles, driving scenarios, dynamics, environments, monitoring, and driver feedback. SimCreator’s easy-to-use, modular, scalable software makes it simple to build on your original vehicle simulation model as your research expands or changes direction.

SimCreator has two primary modules:

  • Vehicle dynamics themselves are designed in the SimVehicle software, which can model a wide range of vehicle types (four-, six-, or eight-wheeled, tracked) with varying load types and sizes—even equipment malfunctions
  • Simulation scenarios and environments are crafted in SimVista—which also allows for on-the-fly control of the scenario, including modifications to weather, lighting, driving, and vehicle conditions, joystick control of pedestrians and other vehicles, etc.

Depending on your research needs and vehicle simulation requirements, SimCreator and SimCreator DX can be supplemented with:

  • SimObserver a video capture system that can include driver eye tracking
  • SimDriver an autonomous interaction simulation software

SimCreator’s modular software smoothly integrates with other software packages and can be scaled and modified over time as your research evolves. Up to 10 driving research simulators can be networked using SimConnect, creating a rich, naturalistic environment in which many human drivers are simultaneously interacting with the same scenario.

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Vehicle Simulation Solutions for the Whole Journey

We invest time in understanding your research needs and policies upfront, then work closely with your team to develop and deliver the appropriate vehicle and driving simulation solution. We’ll help you find the best way to integrate this custom solution into your work, and support you in maintaining and evolving this solution as your research inevitably changes over time.

We don’t just sell simulators; we partner with researchers and institutions to develop their ideal driver and vehicle simulation solutions.

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