The SIMCenter, located on the PUC Minas university campus, is the first Vehicle Dynamics Simulation Center in Latin America and it positions the Region as a leader in the development of know-how, innovation and cutting-edge automotive technologies that will be in the cars of the future.
The system consists of a platform that replicates all movements of a real vehicle through nine actuators; a cockpit equipped with audio system that reproduces the sounds of the engine and tyres; and a curved screen with a viewing angle of 230°. The cockpit movements are reproduced on screen and synchronized with commands from the driver, guided in real time by control room instruments.
Through these simulations, it is possible to define the technical and functional characteristics of each component that determines a vehicle’s dynamics, such as shock absorbers, springs, tires, steering, brakes and stabilizer bars in real time in a fully-controlled environment without having to go to a test track.
Through telemetry signals such as speed, acceleration, steering wheel angle, powertrain, torque and engine power, in addition to the driver’s reactions, it is possible to undertake a complete analysis of the vehicle and surrounding environment. The technology applied in the SIMCenter enables generation of comprehensive data on driver behavior under different stimuli, like distraction due to fatigue; man-machine interaction and ergonomics; road infrastructure with evaluation of road signs.