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Umeå University to develop next generation vehicle testing technology

ABR Staff Writer Published 26 February 2015

UMIT Research Lab at Umeå University is undertaking a three-year project dubbed Virtual Truck & Bus in order to test future cars and trucks in a virtual environment prior to building a vehicle prototype.

The project involves testing of proposed vehicle characteristics at early stages in order to find out possible system failures prior to building the first vehicle prototype.

According to Umeå University, the interaction between the driver, surroundings and the components are important factors affecting the vehicle's efficiency, manoeuvrability and safety.

The project partners include Scania, Volvo Cars, Algoryx Simulation and Modelon and is supported by Swedish Energy Agency, through the Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation programme.

As part of the programme the Swedish Energy Agency has invested SEK10m and the auto industry has invested SEK26m

UMIT Research Lab participant Claude Lacoursière "A major problem with the current simulation techniques is that they are locked into different software and data formats based on different types of mathematics.

"This makes it difficult to link the components into usable full-system simulators. This hampers the development. But now we have a new solution in sight with solid mathematical foundation and generic software."