Location: Wolfsburg, Germany
This simulator comport of a combination of a variable mock-up, a head-mounted display (HMD) visualization and a motion system.
Currently, the visualization system used is the HTC Vive Pro.
“The headmounted display allow the users to evaluate new interior concepts from the customers` point of view before concept milestones in virtual environments. For instance, the variation comparison of all vehicle components is rather uncomplicated, due to the full virtualization. Combined with the Hexapod it allows to do driving sessions without motion sickness symptoms.”
The hexapod simulates motion cues with the following motion capacities :
Motion system dimensions (E2M)
Another special feature of this driving simulator is the variable mock-up. With the integrated functions of this mock-up, the primary contact points to the car (steering wheel, pedals, and seat) are automatically movable to the correct ergonomic position in every vehicle concept.
“Thus, the simulator provides for each car model an ergonomic correct sitting position. This, for instance, is very important for evaluations of visibilities.”
HMD-based driving simulator of the whole vehicle development department of Volkswagen
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