Issue: Nov 2012


Mechanical Simulation Earns 2012 Continental Automotive Award



Award of Appreciation for Exceptional Engineering Support

by Nick Palmen

Mechanical Simulation Corporation was presented a 2012 Award of Appreciation for Exceptional Engineering Support by Continental Automotive, Auburn Hills, Mich. The award honors Mechanical Simulation’s assistance in developing an interactive driving simulator to demonstrate Continental's Emergency Steering Assist technologies; the simulator was used at the 2011 Enhanced Safety Vehicles Conference.

The driving simulator, which used a BMW 550i sedan, features CarSim RT vehicle dynamics software and LabVIEW RT to read the vehicle’s steering wheel angle and driver controls. Participants at conferences drive the vehicle through a simulated, interactive course that requires them to respond to emergency steering traffic events and experience the safety benefits of Continental’s Emergency Steering Assist feature.

David Agnew, head of Continental's Advanced Engineering for Chassis & Safety North America, stated, "The CarSim real-time simulation environment allowed us to demonstrate a high dynamic emergency driving maneuver inside the Washington, D.C. conference center. We received a lot of positive feedback on the safety technology as well as the simulation concept. The team at Mechanical Simulation was instrumental in helping us execute the overall project." According to Mechanical Simulation’s Senior Account Manager, Robert McGinnis, “Continental’s hardware-in-the-loop based simulator is an excellent illustration of how engineering-quality driving simulators can be used to design and demonstrate emerging ADAS technologies in an effective and safe manner.”

For more information, contact Robert McGinnis at rmcginnis@carsim.com

About Mechanical Simulation Corporation: Mechanical Simulation Corporation is a technology leader in the development and distribution of advanced software used to simulate vehicle performance under a wide variety of conditions. The company was established in 1996, and from its Ann Arbor, Mich., headquarters provides car, truck and motorcycle simulation packages, training and ongoing support to more than 90 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and over 160 universities and government research groups worldwide. For more information, visit www.carsim.com.

Picture - At the 2011 Enhanced Safety Vehicle Conference, Continental Automotive demonstrated its Emergency Steering Assist technologies with an interactive driving simulator developed by Mechanical Simulation Corp.

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