The EDAG ZERO PROTOTYPE LAB in Wolfsburg is a state-of-the-art driving dynamics simulator center that is open to all market participants worldwide. This opens up a whole new chapter in automotive technology development for our customers: vehicles, their functions and driving dynamics can be comprehensively tested by humans before the physical vehicle is built.
Integration of innovative mobility software and connected services early in the product development process
The Dynamic Simulator DiM500 is currently the largest and most powerful cable-driven simulator for development, racing, and research focusing on vehicle dynamics, vehicle motion, and driver interaction. The carbon fiber cockpit features 1:1 motion cueing, allowing the driver to be immersed in a virtual environment for a realistic driving experience. This even includes complex driving maneuvers. All scenarios tested with the virtual prototypes are recorded and documented in the connected data center in real time.
Designed for high-precision motion, vibration, and noise simulation in a small space, the simulator focuses primarily on human-centered solutions. Human-in-the-loop simulation is used to illustrate the connection between objective simulation data and subjective human perception. In this way, real insights into ride comfort over the entire frequency spectrum up to 20 kHz can be gained as early as the virtual development phase. This makes it possible to anticipate the characterization of the overall vehicle and how noise and vibration will be experienced.
The simulator can be used at every stage of development, from concept to release, to carry out hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) tests. These tests support the development of vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and electric vehicles, for example, by testing and validating the functions of the battery unit and other power electronics components.