WIETZE, Germany — Continental A.G. has brought on-line a vehicle-dynamics testing simulator at its Contidrom tire test center in Wietze, an investment that Conti claims will shorten development times while also cutting costs and raw materials usage.
The new piece of testing equipment, known as a driver-in-the-loop simulator, calculates the driving dynamics parameters for both the tires and the respective test vehicle, providing Conti's test drivers with subjective driving impressions comparable with those from tire tests on a real test track, Conti said.
The use of a vehicle-dynamics simulator is considered particularly useful in developing original equipment tires, Conti said.
Conti disclosed plans in early 2021 to invest in the simulator and bring it on-line by mid-2022. Conti said it's been testing the system for the past year ahead of incorporating the technology into its tire development process fully.
"Virtual development methods enable us to offer solutions even more efficiently and more precisely tailored to the needs and requirements of our customers. Virtual test kilometers also play a major part in conserving valuable resources," Bernd Korte, head of passenger tire development for Conti's original equipment business, said.
"With our new driving simulator, we can shorten development times and minimize costs and the use of raw materials in production and logistics," Korte said, without providing specifics.