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Agreement allows greater-accuracy automotive simulations

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LMS International and IPG Automotive have signed a partnership agreement to integrate IPG-Driver, IPG’s virtual driver model, into the LMS Virtual.Lab Motion software for vehicle simulation. LMS Virtual.Lab Motion will gain extensive capabilities to simulate and analyse the interaction between a vehicle and its driver. The inclusion of the realistic driver model will also increase the accuracy and reliability of vehicle handling and comfort simulation. The integrated solution can be used for the development of passenger cars, commercial trucks, racecars and motorcycles.

LMS Virtual.Lab Motion allows users to model front- and rear-axle suspension systems and to integrate these in a full-vehicle model, extended with the steering system, brakes, powertrain and driveline, electronic control systems and tires. To get an accurate insight in the vehicle’s dynamic driving behaviour, Virtual.Lab Motion ‘test drives’ these vehicle models using real-life driving scenarios. The Virtual Driver Model from IPG will strongly extend the capabilities of Virtual.Lab Motion in this field, as it accurately simulates a broad range of standard and extreme test manoeuvres like steady-state turn, braking in a turn, braking on mu-split or an ISO lane change.

‘The integrated solution allows assessing a vehicle’s behaviour in the most diverse and extreme driving conditions and delivers results that closely match real-life,’ said Willy Bakkers, vice president and general manager of the LMS CAE division. 'This delivers the required confidence in virtual simulation to take critical engineering decisions and accelerate key design processes.’