Udine, Italy, June 1st, 2022 – VI-grade, the simulation and driving simulator company that accelerates product innovation by bridging the gap between simulation and physical testing, today announced the official recap of its 2022 ”ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit” (ZPS), held on May 18– 19, 2022. Over 220 representatives from major automotive and transportation OEMs, Tier1 suppliers, motorsport teams, research centers and partner companies gathered in person for the two-day ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit at SimCenter Udine, VI-grade's state-of-the-art technology in the north-east of Italy. In addition to the in-person event, a virtual event, simultaneously broadcast live all summit content and attracted over 800 registered participants from more than 42 different countries.More importantly, 100% of attendees surveyed after the summit indicated their intent to attend again in 2023, a ringing endorsement of the valuable insights and information provided by the ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit.
Targeted at innovators in the global automotive industry, the 2-day event provided the VI-grade community with exclusive insights into the methods simulation thought leaders use to succeed in their quest towards achieving zero prototypes, and the important role VI-grade’s advanced simulation solutions play in that quest. Keynote and Technical Presentations on Day 1 included Pirelli Tyre, Volvo Cars / Royal Institute of Technology, McMaster University, Applus+ IDIADA, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Automobili Lamborghini / Bridgestone, Danisi Engineering / Meccanica 42, UTAC, Politecnico di Milano and Multimatic Inc.
Day 2 featured high-level presentations from General Motors, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH, University of Windsor, MegaRide / BE CAE Test, Technische Universität Dresden, Ford Werke GmbH and HORIBA MIRA.
HiL testing on DiM400 with Lamborghini Huracan cockpit
This year's “ZPS Best Paper Award” was awarded ex-aequo to
Giuseppe Sgoluppi from Automobili Lamborghini and Alfredo Corollaro from Bridgestone EMIA, who held a joint presentation titled “Optimal Coupling of Suspensions Set-up and Tire Dynamic Footprint through FEM Modeling and Driver-in-the-Loop Approach”, and
Guido Tosolin from Applus+ IDIADA, who co-authored a paper with Mahindra & Mahindra titled “Achieving World-Class Dynamics Performance of the New XUV 700 and Cutting Down Development Time and Cost Using a Driving Simulator”.
All presentations were recorded and are now accessible on the VI-grade website and YouTube channel. At this link the official after-event video trailer of VI-grade’s 2022 ZERO PROTOYPES Summit can be found.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE AT ZPS2022
The ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit was also a platform for announcements pertaining to VI-grade’s business and product development achievements:
AutoHawk, VI-grade’s new HiL solution powered by Concurrent Real-Time, was officially launched and presented to all Summit attendees in dedicated, live demo sessions. For further information on AutoHawk, please follow this link.
Leading automotive engineering services companyHORIBA MIRA announced the adoption of VI-grade’s DiM250, further enhancing its proprietary approach to driver-centric and qualitative vehicle attribute engineering. The new DYNAMIC Driving Simulator will be the first facility of its kind installed in the UK
UniBo Motorsport (ICE) and Squadra Corse Politecnico di Torino EV respectively won first place in the 2022 edition of the Virtual Formula competition, in the Internal Combustion and the Electric Vehicle category.The teams will be awarded with industry-leading Fanatec hardware and VI-grade software required to upgrade the team’s Windows PC to a fully functional VI-grade DESKTOP Simulator. The winners will also receive a one-days session at VI-grade’s SimCenter Udine
“We are truly impressed with the high degree of interest shown by our community for this event, as evidenced by the number of attendees for both the in-person and the virtual edition of our 2022 ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit,” commented Guido Bairati, Managing Director at VI-grade.“It all started 8 months ago with the idea of bringing our customers, partners, sponsors, and colleagues to the place where our software and simulators are developed and tested. For the first time, we decided not to bring the tools to the conference, but to move the conference to where the tools are. Despite numerous obstacles and challenges, we are exceedingly pleased with the outcome of our first hybrid event. We are very grateful to our loyal community and proud of the relationship we have forged over the years.”
INDUSTRY SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
VI-grade would like to acknowledge and thank the following 28 industry sponsors and partners for their support of the ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit: