Vehicle Simulation industry leader mechanical simulation knows that high-fidelity motion doesn’t have to come from complicated and expensive driving simulators

Mechanical Simulation’s turnkey driving simulators use D-BOX Motion Systems to bring their CarSim and TruckSim based simulators to life for clients who engineer next generation automobile technologies

Robert McGinnis is the senior account manager at CarSim. He handles OEM, Tier 1 suppliers, academic accounts, and also engineers the QuadDS simulator. He has a background in mechanical engineering and a wealth of experience in product marketing. McGinnis, in short, is familiar with all aspect of the simulation business.

Mechanical Simulation is the world leader in the development of advanced software used to simulate vehicle behavior involving interactions between the 3D dynamic vehicle response, advanced controllers, driver inputs, and 3D roads. Since 1996, the company has provided car, truck, and motorcycle simulation packages to more than 110 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and more than 200 universities and government research groups worldwide. The company’s vehicle dynamics models are used in over 1400 driving simulators.

Mechanical Simulation and D-BOX have been working together for the past four years. An encounter at IITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference) allowed D-BOX to demonstrate the flexibility of its platform, and its ease of integration with the company’s existing platforms.

“Some of our customers use hexapod simulators,” says McGinnis, “but frequently they are too complicated and the motion does not relate to the wide range of drivers we need to engage with. We also have a lot of experience with fixed-base driving simulators and find that drivers need more than steering feedback to get a sense of driving dynamics. D-BOX proved to be a more nimble option.

Mechanical Simulation builds simulators for a variety of customers. Some require the company to create a complete virtual driving environment where they can test drive newly imagined vehicles before they’re built, relying on CarSim’s highly accurate vehicle dynamics model to test their braking, suspension, and active safety applications. Others, like the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), use it for accident replication. Replaying scenarios helps them to determine the cause – human error, stability, etc. – and design a safer vehicle.

The value of motion is clear to McGinnis.

Whenever I start a conversation with a new client, motion is always on the table. While we’ll accommodate customers who don’t think they have room in their budget for motion, I’ll always make sure they get to test-drive the simulator with and without motion. Once they experience the high fidelity motion, virtually all customers find the budget to include the motion.

McGinnis’ overall impression of working with D-BOX.

I have nothing but good things to say. The failure rate is non-existent. Everything works the first time and we have never had a failure in the field. This is very important to us because the QuadDS is used at trade shows and high visibility marketing events and technical demonstrations where downtime is not acceptable.”

More about D-BOX Motion Systems :

QuadDS simulator specs by Mechanical Simulation :

  • D-BOX Motion Systems (Motion and Vibrations)
  • Reconfigurable Instrument Cluster
  • Windows 7 running CarSim or TruckSim
  • Power Requirements: 20A 120VAC circuit Driver Controls
  • Steering – Torque feedback OEM Electric Power Steering Unit
  • Pedals – OEM pedals
  • Shifter – OEM Automatic Shift Lever
  • Car or Truck/Bus seating configurations
  • 8 user-defined push buttons Audio Visual
  • Three 60” LED displays (other sizes are optional)
  • 5.1 Surround Sound Interfaces
  • MATLAB/Simulink
  • Multichannel plotting
  • AI Traffic and Networked Simulator Traffic
  • HIL connectivity via CAN channel (optional)