Geely has a new VI-grade DiM250 driving simulator, and it is possibly one of the most advanced in the world. The automaker’s simulator, located at China Euro Vehicle Technology AB (CEVT) can program up and coming vehicles, and adjust settings on the fly. This will allow Geely to test vehicles and fine-tune vehicles in the virtual world before even building the car in real life.
“We can probably test our vehicles half a year before we get the prototypes for them. A design change can take a week instead of until the next prototype series, which can be due in a year,” says Albin Gröndahl, CAE Engineer and Project Manager for the driving simulator at CEVT.
Unlike most simulators, the new DiM250 features a raised cockpit with a wide wraparound screen. The screen can then simulate either a real-world road environment or a racing circuit for high-performance vehicles.
While there are still limitations as opposed to real-world testing, the Geely’s new simulator can help engineers and designers iron out issues that might be encountered at a later stage of vehicle development. The automaker expects it to fast track new safety features such as Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), and more.
According to Geely, the new simulator will save the automaker money in developing vehicles in the long run. Prior to investing in a sim, they had to first build a prototype, put it in a test car, test it on a track, and only then can will they decide to keep it or modify it. Needless to say, it is a process that takes time and money. With the sim, they can accurately design a model from the start and do it all in the digital world.
With a new vehicle simulator in place, expect to see even better Geely models on the roads in the future. Now, if we can get one of those to play at home that would be great.