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ViVID: Virtual Vehicle Integration and Development

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Developing new digital engineering tools

Traditional vehicle development relies heavily on physical prototypes – which offer limited design options and feedback.

The ViVID project focusses on the development of new ‘digital engineering tools’ that work in conjunction with physical prototypes. These digital tools can be used to model and test designs to an incredibly high degree of accuracy – allowing engineers to develop safer, cleaner and more predictable vehicles.

A unique project consortium

Research for the ViVID project is being conducted by three UK-based industry partners (Ford, HORIBA MIRA and IPG Automotive) and an academic partner (Loughborough University).

The Institute of Digital Engineering is supporting the project to aid the wider roll out of new methodologies and tools.

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Focus on the engineering process

The project will target the engineering part of the lifecycle with the long term goal of extending new ways of working to the rest of the lifecycle.

The team will demonstrate a new analytical approach for engineering process. This approach will enable the next generation electrified and autonomous vehicle technologies to be developed.

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Creating detailed and reliable simulations

Models will be created for different vehicle systems. These individual models will then feed into larger and more complex simulations to test how a vehicle and its systems will behave in a real-world environment.

The process will be applied to develop a wide range of vehicles, with ViVID setting the foundation for virtual vehicle program delivery in UK and beyond.

See model development process 

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