The Technical Center for Simulation of Renault is located at the Technocentre. It is equipped with 5 driving simulators : two are dynamic simulators, the others are static. The CARDS dynamic driving simulator was CE certified in June 1999, it is equipped with a motion platform with 6 electromechanical jacks which allow to reproduce the dynamic behavior of the vehicle. The visual field is 150° horizontal and 3 rear-views are simulated. A sound generation is also provided to complete the driving sensations, which must be as real as possible. The ULTIMATE higher performances driving simulator, with the same 6 axes as well as large XY motion actuators, was certified in 2003.
The main use of the simulators are:
– Car light simulation
– Ergonomics : The simulator being used to evaluate man-machine interfaces associated with new on-board services (navigation system, on-board telematic systems, driver assistance systems, …), including AR (Augmented Reality) automotive systems. The benefit of a driving simulator for this kind of application lies in the control and the repetitiveness of the experimental conditions (traffic, weather conditions, events) and the safety of the tests.
– Study on vehicle dynamics control systems, including ADAS (Automobile Driving Assistance Systems)
– Driver’s vigilance, including Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
– Confort studies.