Marburg, October 26th, 2016 – VI-grade today announced the forthcoming installation of the revolutionary motion platform named DiM®150 (Driver in Motion) at NextEV, the electric car company based in Shanghai, China, with locations in San Jose, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, and Munich.
The new driving simulator, designed by VI-grade, engineered and manufactured by Saginomiya, will be the first one in China and it will be installed as a turn-key solution at the company’s headquarters in Shanghai. DiM®150 will be used to virtually test the dynamic behavior of new electric vehicles in upcoming automotive projects, with particular attention on interactions between vehicle chassis and ADAS and AI algorithms.
“From HP (horsepower) to AI (artificial intelligence)” is becoming the motto of many EV start-ups around the world but this is particularly true for NextEV, the company that is driving the automotive revolution and is the most famous electric vehicle startup based in or backed by firms in China.
“At NextEV, our vision is to build a high-performance smart electric vehicle designed for the mobile Internet era” said Jack Cheng, Co-founder and Executive Vice President, NextEV.“We’re looking forward to taking full advantage of the DiM turnkey solution from VI-grade in order to build and market a car that excels in providing an exceptional user experience. We are also expecting to significantly reduce the number of physical prototypes during the development phase thanks to the Driving Simulator.”
“We are extremely happy to report this commercial success at NextEV, because it represents our first installation in China and it shows that the DiM Driving Simulator is an extremely versatile machine serving the needs of many different automotive companies, including the highly demanding sector of electric vehicles”, said Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-grade.“Together with Saginomiya and all our reliable partners, I’d like to thank NextEV that officially adds today to the growing list of customers that chose to believe in the superior value of our technology.”
The 9 degrees-of-freedom DiM® platform has been designed in order to take full advantage of VI-MotionCueing as well as of all other software technology developed by VI-grade and its partners. The DiM® concept enables the extension of the motion envelope and the separation of low and high frequency contributions, which makes this type of motion platform unique and suitable for both vehicle dynamics and ride studies.
About VI-DriveSim / DiM
VI-DriveSim is an innovative Integrated Hybrid Driving Simulator characterized by a revolutionary software and hardware design and targets both racing and commercial vehicle applications. The computing core is a Linux-based real-time computer, which enables owners to add any ECU or software program communicating with the digital vehicle model as in reality. VI-grade’s flagship solution VI-CarRealTime powers the system with a real-time validated vehicle model - the same one used for off-line simulations. Graphics are based on a high-quality rendering visualization program. The Motion Cueing strategy relies on complex mechanical and physiological optimization logic and the DiM Moving Platform, developed by VI-grade and engineered and manufactured by Saginomiya, is based on an innovative 9-DOF mechanical design.
NextEV is much more than just a car company. Our aspiration is to shape an exciting lifestyle for our users by delivering next-generation, connected electric vehicles. We are a company passionate about becoming a user enterprise in order to transform the vehicle ownership experience. We are bringing together the brightest minds in the technology and automotive industries to make our vision a reality. NextEV was founded with funding from world-class enterprises and entrepreneurs including Tencent (HK:00700); Bitauto.com (NYSE:BITA) founder William Li; autohome.com.cn (NYSE:ATHM) founder Xiang Li; JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) founder Richard Liu, as well as investment firms Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia Capital and JOY Capital. NextEV has design and, R&D centers located in San José, Munich, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Nanjing and Hefei. NextEV will be launching an electric supercar with an expected output of more than 1,000kw (1360hp) at the end of 2016. The supercar’s acceleration (0 to 100km/h) will be less than 3 seconds, and will compete with the most powerful combustion supercars in the world. NextEV’s first passenger car is also slated for production, and will be comparable to the world’s top electric vehicles in terms of performance, while also offering a distinctly better service, customer experience, and value.
Saginomiya is the leading provider of automatic controls and test systems in Japan as and is very highly reputed throughout the world for the quality of its products. Saginomiya started developing, manufacturing and selling test systems in 1964, expanding in several business fields such as civil engineering and construction, industrial machinery, railway services, power generation, aviation and automotive. Saginomiya’s “Dynamic Servo” has been developed as the ideal test systems utilizing state-of-the-art core technologies such as electric and hydraulic hybrids as well as a next-generation simulator. Saginomiya is highly committed to serve the needs of the most technically advanced customers in the global market.