NOVI, Michigan (June 17th, 2020) – Multimatic and VI-grade are pleased to announce the Virtual Grand Opening of SimCenter Detroit, an advanced vehicle development and driving simulation center in the greater Detroit area. The virtual world of driver-in-the-loop simulation helps greatly reduce the duration and cost of vehicle development.
The event will go live on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 9am EDT, providing media, customers and partners the opportunity to take an early, virtual tour of this world-class facility, gain unique understanding of its capabilities, and participate in a Q&A session hosted by staff from both VI-grade and Multimatic.
SimCenter Detroit features the highly acclaimed DiM250 DYNAMIC Driving Simulator characterized by a novel, 9-degrees-of-freedom motion platform. Its ability to accurately reproduce both high frequency and large motion in longitudinal, lateral and yaw directions makes VI-grade’s DiM250 a unique engineering tool, suitable for evaluating vehicle ride and handling dynamics in the virtual world as never before.
Also onsite is VI-grade’s COMPACT Simulator, specifically utilized for verifying model integrity before being implemented on the DiM250.
SimCenter Detroit is optimized to meet customer demand for rapid, cost-effective development of next-generation vehicles that incorporate features such as driver assistance and autonomous operation. Multimatic, a global leader in vehicle dynamics engineering, will operate the facility as an extension of its current driving simulators in Canada and England.
“Multimatic’s operating philosophy, ‘Strength Through Technology,’ is what drives us towards innovation and product excellence every day. SimCenter Detroit is the next evolutionary step in the development of our company and its products. The technology that VI-grade has been able to develop with their Driver-in-Motion system is extraordinary and Multimatic couldn’t be more excited to bring DiM250 to the United States. Multimatic is looking forward to the continued technical partnership with VI-grade as we leverage their technology for future innovation in a highly competitive market” said Michael Guttilla, Vice President of Engineering, Multimatic.
“The adoption of our driving simulation technology at Multimatic is a direct consequence of our long-lasting partnership and will for sure bring mutual advantages to our companies”, said Bob Ryan, President, VI-grade. “We are extremely excited about having the chance of giving North American automotive and motorsport customers the possibility of directly experiencing the advantages of this technology through the establishment of this new SimCenter.”
About Multimatic Inc.
Multimatic is a privately held, global enterprise supplying engineered components, systems and services to the automotive industry. Multimatic’s core competencies include the engineering and manufacturing of complex mechanisms, body hardware, suspension systems and body structures, as well as the design and development of lightweight composite automotive systems. In addition, Multimatic delivers niche vehicle design, development and production for road and race applications. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Multimatic has manufacturing divisions and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, and alliance relationships with partners around the world. Multimatic is comprised of five operating groups: Multimatic Mechanisms, Multimatic Structures & Suspension, Multimatic Engineering, Multimatic Niche Vehicles, and Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations. For further information, please visit www.multimatic.com.
VI-grade is the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system-level simulation. Along with a network of selected partners, VI-grade also provides revolutionary turnkey solutions for static and dynamic driving simulation.
Established in 2005, VI-grade delivers innovative solutions for streamlining the development process from concept to sign-off in the transportation industry, and there mainly in the automotive, aerospace, motorcycle, motorsports and railway sectors. With its office locations in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, UK, Japan, China, and the USA and a worldwide channel network of more than 20 trusted partners, VI-grade is a dynamic and growing company with a highly skilled technical team.
Since September 2018, VI-grade has been part of Spectris. Spectris is an FTSE 250 listed global conglomerate with 2017 sales of over $2B and 9,800 employees. The firm conducts business in four major segments – materials analysis, testing & measurement, in-line instrumentation and industrial controls – and serves a broad range of industries ranging from automotive and aerospace to electronics, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals.
For further information about VI-grade, please visit http://www.vi-grade.com.
Caption: Join Multimatic and VI-grade for a Virtual Grand Opening of SimCenter Detroit
Jonathan Vinden – Director of Communications
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