COLMAR-BERG, Luxembourg — Goodyear plans to install a dynamic driving simulator at its Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg in a move it said will strengthen its product development and enhance technical collaboration with its Akron headquarters.
The Luxembourg site will receive a DiM250 (Driver-in-Motion) Dynamic Driving Simulator from German simulation software developer VI-grade G.m.b.H. similar to one installed at the company's Akron Innovation Center a year ago. Both of the technical centers also have VI-grade compact simulators, Goodyear said. The investment sum was not disclosed.
Driving simulators allow tire models to be developed, tested and validated early in the development cycle, identifying the best performing tires before building a first prototype, Goodyear said. This matches with the pace of the automotive development process, providing tire models at the right time when requested by vehicle manufacturers.
"This level of simulation capability is a clear technology leadership advantage," Chris Helsel, Goodyear's senior vice president and chief technology officer, said.
"We are always looking to improve the development process and maintain our status as the preferred supplier for our customers."
Established in 2005, Darmstadt, Germany-based VI-grade describes itself as the "leading" provider of software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system-level simulation
"With DiM250 and Compact simulators on both sides of the ocean, Goodyear is now at the forefront of virtual tire development and gains a significant competitive advantage when it comes to collaboration with automotive OEMs and accelerated product development," Guido Bairati, VI-grade's vice president of global sales and marketing, said.