Marburg, May 31st, 2012 – VI-grade GmbH, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that Hyundai and Kia Motor Company selected VI-CarRealTime, the specialized real-time vehicle simulation environment from VI-grade, to optimize the design of their vehicles. In particular, the HKMC research and development team will use VI-CarRealTime to build full-vehicle models of competitive vehicles starting from K&C test data, virtually benchmarking their dynamic performance against the behavior of their own cars in different driving conditions.
“We were looking for a reliable solution that could enable us to easily design and optimize our vehicles” says Dr. Joonhong Park, Chassis Research Fellow. “The functionalities offered by VI-CarRealTime enable us to easily integrate with ADAMS/Car, providing a seamless process of transferring high-fidelity vehicle data from validated and trusted ADAMS/Car models to real-time simulation models in VI-CarRealTime. This saves time and builds confidence in the concept and development of active chassis systems. Additionally, we expect to compare in a virtual environment the dynamic performance of our vehicles against the behavior of competitive vehicles.”
“We are excited about the collaboration with HKMC” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director of VI-grade. “The addition of this important new customer to the comprehensive list of VI-CarRealTime customers reconfirms the strategic value of our solution in the automotive engineering process and confirms that we are expanding our user base especially in the Asia-Pacific market.”
VI-CarRealTime provides a vehicle simulation environment where the same simplified vehicle model can be used by vehicle dynamics and controls engineers to optimize vehicle and control system performance. The product enables engineers to quickly and easily perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization studies. VI-CarRealTime is the only real-time solution available in the market that can automatically and seamlessly export a real-time vehicle model directly from ADAMS/Car™. Similarly, VI-CarRealTime also enables to share component property files such as tires, springs, dampers, and bumpstops with ADAMS/Car™. VI-CarRealTime provides validated models which can be used by controls and hydraulic engineers to optimize the controller design based on accurate vehicle performance. VI-CarRealTime can be integrated with Matlab Simulink for controls systems.
Ahtti Co., Ltd. provides premier CAE solutions and consulting services to Korean customers and wishes to enhance the productivity of customers' virtual product development (VPD) process at the right time with a high level of quality. The company serves over 100 organizations in the areas of automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace, defense, electronics, machinery and heavy industry. Its current offering includes structural finite element analysis (FEA), noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), durability, multi-body dynamics, control, bio-mechanics, optimization and composite design.
Hyundai and Kia Motor Company is the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the world based on annual vehicle sales in 2010 after Toyota, General Motors, and Volkswagen AG. Despite its relatively short history, the recent progress is rather dramatic and glorious. As of 2011, it sold over 6.5 million vehicles worldwide and became the world's fastest growing automaker for two years running. Also, it became the best-selling Asian automotive brand in Europe after beating Toyota and Nissan. It has manufacturing plants in South Korea, USA, China, India, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia and Brazil, and R&D Centers in South Korea, USA, Germany, Japan and India. For additional information, please visit http://worldwide.hyundai.com and http://www.kiamotors.com.