Tokyo, Japan, April 13th, 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 adoption of an extended version of its DiM250 DYNAMIC Simulator at long-standing customer Honda. The Driving Simulator, to be installed at Honda’s R&D site in Japan, is based on the same patented architecture as VI-grade’s DiM250 model, but with extended workspace through longer tripod actuators. This enlarged motion platform is particularly suitable for applications which require longer time exposure to steady state accelerations.
However, the newly acquired DiM is already the second VI-grade DYNAMIC Simulator within the Honda Group, since the R&D site in Offenbach, Germany, has relied on a model of the DiM250 simulator for vehicle development and testing since 2018. As the DiM250 has proven to be a valuable tool and development platform for the European team, Honda has now decided to introduce an extended version of DiM250 at its main development center in Japan. The Driving Simulator will be deployed in the areas of Ride & Handling, NVH, HMI and HiL, aimed to accelerate innovation in the overall vehicle development process, while reducing the number of physical prototypes, development time and costs.
“We are pleased to announce the adoption of a second VI-grade DYNAMIC Simulator at Honda”, said Toru Yoshii, Japan Country Manager at VI-grade. “With the DiM Simulator on both sides of the ocean, Honda has now the ideal common development platform for their R&D activities and is at the forefront of virtual vehicle development.”