CarSim®, TruckSim® and BikeSim®: Even Easier to Include in ADAS and AV Toolchains

CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim are VehicleSim® products featuring high-fidelity math models that simulate vehicle dynamics and test results. The math models run fast enough to support real-time simulation using many types of hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) tools and can support massive optimization projects involving hundreds of thousands of simulations.

With the automotive industry developing new and more complex ADAS and AV technologies, the VehicleSim simulation tools have been extended to offer additional support for these applications.

In many situations, VehicleSim’s native roadbuilding and sensor simulation capabilities provide engineers with a single tool that meets necessary engineering project requirements. However, when the project complexity increases customers can use VehicleSim products to build a best-in-class toolchain that integrates a wide range of simulation products.

Through our partner program, Mechanical Simulation Corporation is supporting third-party software tools and data standards that enable creation of complicated scenarios and 3D road networks, with technologies that provide advanced visualization and physics-based sensors. 

One such example is running multiple CarSim and/or TruckSim vehicles using Simulink and operating in an Unreal® environment. VehicleSim Connect is used for data synchronization between the Unreal and Simulink environments. With this toolchain, customers can drive the vehicle on an Unreal terrain (road network) and also use Unreal’s world-leading visualization engine to simulate physics-based radar and Lidar and camera sensors. With this configuration, engineers trust the vehicle response since they have years of experience with our vehicle dynamics results and they can incorporate proprietary controllers in the form of Simulink models.

“Over the past 25 years, VehicleSim has transformed from a vehicle dynamics software to a simulation test environment,” noted Dr. Michael Sayers, CEO and Chief Technology Officer. “With the release of 2020.0, VehicleSim products are more scalable, easier to manage, and more extensible. It has never been easier to put massive simulation power in the hands of engineers. Our goal is for engineers to accomplish in hours what used to take months or years.”

See a complete detailed list of new features in CarSim 2020.0.


June 10, 2020

Holiday Closure

Mechanical Simulation will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in observation of Independence Day.

End of Support Notification

With the upcoming product release of VehicleSim (BikeSim, CarSim, SuspensionSim and TruckSim) version 2020.1 in June, Mechanical Simulation will no longer provide support for the following:

End of Support in June 2020

Operating Systems
Windows 7

Third-Party Software
MATLAB/Simulink version 2012b

Additionally, support for the following will end in December with the release of VehicleSim version 2021.0:

End of Support in December 2020

Operating Systems
Ubuntu 14.04

Third-Party Software
MF-Tyre/Swift 6.2 and 7.3
MATLAB/Simulink version 2013a

Previously released versions of VehicleSim products will continue to function with third-party software after the End of Support date, but Mechanical Simulation will no longer offer technical support or guarantee its functionality.

For the complete End of Support timeline, please visit our website.

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