Technology Partners: Software and Hardware

CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim work well with other software. This page lists major partners who provide modeling/optimization software and services, and Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL) test systems.

Companies that can measure vehicle and tire data are listed here.

Extending, Modeling and Optimization

You can extend the vehicle math models with other simulation tools to add advanced controllers, perform optimization/DOE (design of experiments), run tests with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL), and perform other activities involving simulating vehicle response.

Ahlman Engineering Ahlman Engineering services include custom development and application of Dynamic, a vehicle dynamics simulation suite extending CarSim's physics specific to the needs of OEMs and race teams. Dynamic includes a relational database, highly customizable UI and high-speed cloud computing integration. Ahlman Engineering's "feel for the numbers" and significant background applying Design of Experiments are instrumental in helping achieve customer objectives.
AirShaper AirShaper is an online cloud solution to analyze and optimize the aerodynamics of cars, trucks or bikes. The fully automated workflow allows users without a background in aerodynamic simulations to upload a 3D model, set up and run simulations. The resulting aerodynamic data can be fed directly into CarSim. Please download the PDF for additional information.
atlatec atlatec GmbH digitizes arbitrary road networks with a high precision mobile mapping system as a service. Objects like lane markings, traffic signs, guard rails, guide posts, keep out areas, curb stones and many more can be surveyed. The resulting 3D map can thereafter be imported into CarSim. Real world geometries for ADAS simulations allow you to run your virtual tests realistically.
avsimulation AVSimulation is the producer of SCANeRStudio a worldwide leader of driving simulation software for automotive driver assistance systems, autonomous and connected vehicles, and ergonomics. CarSim and SCANeRStudioTM work together on high-performance driving simulators and standalone software-in-the-loop applications.
EPIC Epic Games, Inc. is the maker of the Unreal Engine, the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool. The Mechanical Simulation VehicleSim Dynamics plugin for Unreal Engine allows users to run CarSim and TruckSim math models in an Unreal environment. The plugin is available from the Unreal Marketplace (VehicleSim Dynamics plugin). 
ETAS ETAS ASCET is a simulation environment that can be used to extend models from BikeSim, CarSim, and TruckSim with custom controllers and model components defined with ANSI C.
Math Works

MathWorks, Inc. provides MATLAB and Simulink software for technical computing. The math models for CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim are provided with S-Function blocks that let you include them in your Simulink models. You can run Simulink models from within the CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim GUIs, or from within the Simulink GUI.

RoadRunner allows anyone to create realistic environments, roads, and props easily. You can generate complex road networks incorporating roundabouts, intersections, and bridges; customize signage, markings, and props; and then publish for use with CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim.



Mcity operates the world’s first purpose-built proving ground for testing the performance and safety of connected and automated vehicles and technologies under controlled and realistic conditions. The Mcity Test Facility sits on a 32-acre site with more than 16 acres of roads and traffic infrastructure. The full-scale outdoor laboratory simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments. Mechanical Simulation is an affiliate member of Mcity and our software contains a representation of Mcity for simulation purposes.
Methodica Technologies, LLC provides iTAP (Independent Test Automation Platform) an automation tool for ECU verification and validation. iTAP integrates with CarSim API for running across varied HIL environments enabling customers to validate their system by changing CarSim parameters dynamically with re-useable test scripts. Methodica also provides engineering support for developing and automating CarSim based HIL automation testing.
MSC Software MSC Software develops Virtual Test Drive (VTD) that is a toolkit for the creation, configuration, presentation, and evaluation of virtual environments in the scope of road-based simulations. It is used for the development of ADAS and automated driving systems as well as the core for training simulators. It covers the full range from the generation of 3D content to the simulation of complex traffic scenarios and, finally, to the simulation of either simplified or physically driven sensors. It is used in SiL, DiL, ViL and HiL applications and may also run co-simulations including CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim.
National Instruments
NI provides LabVIEW, the industry's leading software for automated test and data acquisition.
NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation™ is a cloud-based virtual reality simulation platform, designed to support the development and validation of autonomous vehicles.
rFpro allows Mechanical Simulation customers to test and validate their CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim models in a photo-realistic, high-definition scene demonstrating public roads, proving grounds, and race circuits. rFpro scenes support weather and daylight transitions. rFpro scenes can be built using LiDAR-scanned, real world, road data for accurate 3D representations. rFpro is used in testing and validation of ADAS, autonomous systems, and vehicle dynamics. rFpro can be used on workstations, driving simulators and real-time platforms serving high-definition and accurate terrain data.
TNO (Delf-Tyre)
TASS International is the producer of PreScan and Delft-Tyre. PreScan is a physic-based simulation platform that is used in the automotive industry for development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are based on sensor technologies such as radar, laser/lidar, camera, and GPS.  PreScan is compatible with CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim. Delft-Tyre is a tire behavior assessment and modeling tool. This software is based on the Pacejka Magic Formula and is integrated for use with BikeSim, CarSim, and TruckSim. The MF-Tyre and MF-Swift tire models are both supported.
TraceTronic GmbH produces ECU-TEST which supports the use of CarSim in both MiL and HiL environments. From within ECU-TEST you can load, parameterize and execute CarSim maneuvers and change the vehicle features of a data set. In order to evaluate the behavior of a system under test, you can access the initial values and analyze the temporal recording.

Real-Time Simulation with Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL)

The vehicle math models from CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim are available ready to run on the major RT operating systems. A host computer with Windows runs the graphical database, animator, plotter, and supporting software. A target computer with the RT OS runs the math models together with data acquisition/transfer software. Motion information is broadcast "live" to support real-time animation as the tests are run. (More information is provided on the RT HIL page.)

AND Technology
AND Technology provides high-speed measurement and control systems that can be customized for a wide variety of applications, including real-time simulation using CarSim RT.
Concurrent Real-Time develops SIMulation Workbench (SimWB) software that runs on Concurrent's RedHawk Linux RTOS. SimWB delivers a complete framework for developing and executing real-time hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and man-in-the-loop (MIL) simulations. It allows users to integrate models built in MATLAB/Simulink with hand coded models and easily connect model variables to system I/0.
dSpace dSPACE Inc. provides engineering tools for embedded controller software development and testing. dSPACE testing systems work with the Simulink real-time workshop (RTW). The math models from CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim run with point-and-click operation for single runs and batch operations, under the control of both the tools from Mechanical Simulation and those from dSPACE.
The LabCar product family includes software, hardware, and models suitable for integration into tailor-made testing systems, with full support of the Simulink real-time workshop (RTW). CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim are available as compiled S-Functions for the LABCAR environment.
National Instruments
The LabVIEW RT module from NI extends the capabilities of LabVIEW real-time HIL testing. LabVIEW RT Module serves as the real-time target for running CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim models using NI high-performance PXI controllers.
Opal-RT provides RT-Lab systems with Intel/AMD processors and the QNX/Linux OS, with full support of the Simulink real-time workshop (RTW). The math models from CarSim, BikeSim, and TruckSim run with point-and-click operation for single runs and batch operations, under the control of both the tools from Mechanical Simulation and those from Opal-RT.
Speedgoat test systems accelerate real-time testing of control designs and embedded controllers with MATLAB & Simulink. Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing allows verifying and validating controllers continuously. Using the seamless workflow integration, users can deploy and run CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim models on Speedogat test systems leveraging Simulink S-functions.

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Vehicle and Tire Data

The virtual vehicle is assembled from datasets, similar in concept to the way a physical vehicle is assembled from parts and subsystems. BikeSim, CarSim, and TruckSim are provided with example datasets that cover many representative vehicles.

In addition, several companies that are familiar with the data necessary for our simulations are listed here. They can provide you with information about measuring your vehicle at a reasonable cost.

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