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Sep-19 Mechanical Simulation’s CarSim and TruckSim Available on NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation
Aug-19 Mechanical Simulation Extends User Programming for CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2019.1
Aug-19 Mechanical Simulation Extends Driver Control for Autonomous Vehicle Development in CarSim and TruckSim 2019.1
Jul-19 Mechanical Simulation Connects with New Ground for CarSim and TruckSim 2019.1
Jul-19 Mechanical Simulation Adds Electric Powertrains for CarSim and TruckSim 2019.1
Jan-19 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, BikeSim, and SuspensionSim 2019.0
Jun-18 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2018.1
Feb-18 Mechanical Simulation Introduces Modular Design for CarSim and TruckSim
Dec-17 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2018
Mar-17 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 2017
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2017.0
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Upgrades NIOSH's QuadDS Driving Simulator
Feb-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 2016
Dec-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2016
Oct-15 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Engineering Driving Simulator to Canadian Tire
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 9.0
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases BikeSim 9.0
Apr-15 Mechanical Simulation Corporation Joins University of Michigan's MTC Affiliates Program
Feb-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 9.0
Nov-14 Meritor and Meritor-WABCO Purchase QuadDS Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Oct-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 9.0
Mar-14 Terence J. Rhoades, President of Mechanical Simulation Corporation, Honored with SAE International Medal of Honor
Feb-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 8.2
Dec-13 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Human-Hardware-in-the-Loop Driving Simulator to Geely Automobile
Aug-13 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 8.2
Jul-13 National Transportation Safety Board Takes Delivery of a 3 DOF Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Mar-13 Mechanical Simulation Announces New Representation Agreement in India with Xitadel
Feb-13 Mechanical Simulation Purchases SuspensionSim
Jan-13 BikeSim 3.2 is Released
Jan-13 CarSim 8.2 is Released
Dec-12 BikeSim Identifies Vibration Modes in Racing Motorcycles
Dec-12 RPUG Award Presented to Mike Sayers
Nov-12 Mechanical Simulation Earns 2012 Award for Exceptional Engineering Support
Apr-12 Partnership with Altair Engineering
Jan-12 TruckSim 8.1 Released

Archived press releases

Mechanical Simulation’s CarSim and TruckSim Available on NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation

ANN ARBOR, Mich., September 4, 2019 Mechanical Simulation Corporation, creator of CarSim and TruckSim, announced today it is making its industry-validated vehicle dynamics models available on the open and scalable NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation simulation platform, which is used for testing autonomous vehicles in the virtual world.

This means that every aspect of driving — from how long it takes the car to brake to how it performs on slippery roads — can be accurately recreated in simulation. The level of detail provided by the CarSim vehicle models, combined with the level of detail for the environment provided by DRIVE Sim, makes it possible for these tests to easily translate to real-world results.

DRIVE Constellation consists of two side-by-side servers in the data center. The first server, DRIVE Constellation Simulator, generates sensor output from the CarSim virtual car. The second server, DRIVE Constellation Computer, contains the DRIVE AGX Pegasus AI car computer, which receives the data, makes decisions and then sends vehicle control commands back to the simulator. This closed-loop process enables bit-accurate, timing-accurate hardware-in-the-loop testing and validation.

DRIVE Constellation is an open platform, offering a programming interface that allows users or ecosystem partners to incorporate their environment models, vehicle models, sensor models and traffic scenarios. By working with a variety of partners, the platform can generate comprehensive, diverse and complex testing environments.

Modeling Vehicle Dynamics

DRIVE Constellation simulates the environment, traffic scenario and behavior of the vehicle using dedicated models for each domain. The CarSim vehicle model simulates motion of the car in response to control inputs; like braking, steering and suspension, as well as real-world conditions, like slick or bumpy roads.
Since vehicle motion is so complex — 30,000 individual parts go into a single physical car — simulating it effectively requires a high-fidelity model. This ensures the tests performed in the virtual world accurately replicate real-world conditions.

Companies have been developing ways to test vehicle dynamics for years, including simulation. Because of the complexity of these vehicle models, automakers and Tier 1 suppliers have invested heavily in developing and validating their models.

With CarSim and TruckSim available on DRIVE Constellation, automakers and Tier 1s can get even more value out of their models by using them for autonomous vehicle testing.

Industry-Standard Addition to DRIVE Constellation

Mechanical Simulation’s CarSim and TruckSim models have become industry-standard tools for modeling vehicle dynamics and developing advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles. The models take into account all the complex vehicle subsystems, such as powertrain, steering behavior and aerodynamics, while also accurately replicating driver inputs for steering, acceleration and braking.

Automakers worldwide are already using these models to validate vehicle technology. With DRIVE Constellation, they can test it in a hardware-in-the-loop platform at scale.


About Mechanical Simulation Corporation

Mechanical Simulation Corporation is a technology leader in the development and distribution of advanced software used to simulate vehicle performance under a wide variety of conditions. The Ann Arbor, Michigan based company was established in 1996 and provides car, truck and motorcycle simulation packages, training and ongoing support to more than 90 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and over 160 universities and government research groups worldwide. For more information, please visit www.carsim.com.

DRIVE Constellation environment running with CarSim vehicle model.

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