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Consortium partners

The level of transformation in the automotive sector cannot be tackled by a single organisation. The challenges presented by product complexity, electrification and autonomy make collaboration between organisations essential to success.

The ViVID project will span four years – from Jan 2019 to December 2022.
The collaboration is an excellent opportunity for Ford UK to lead digital engineering strategy – working alongside IPG software specialists, academics from Loughborough University and simulator experts at HORIBA MIRA.

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  • Efficient development of electrified and autonomous Transit platform

  • Ford UK capability improvement

  • Demonstration to secure future programs.


  • Develop and integrate virtual system development methods into program delivery

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  • Commercialise tools developed in previous projects for the delivery of an industry leading commercial vehicle

  • Wider cross-sector application


  • Adapt simulator to represent Transit and utilise IPG system models

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  • Provide co-simulation environment

  • Create UK IPG development and support structure

  • Improve capability of Carmaker Vehicle Simulation Software and integrate findings into future releases


  • Guide best practises on how to institutionalise virtual product development

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  • Research in digital vehicle engineering and develop digital vehicle MSc level training for wider deployment


  • Recommend best practise model structures of vehicle systems

  • Populate new Transit model library and pilot co-simulation in a Carmaker environment

  • Establish the benefits of system optimisation and adaptive control

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