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EDAG Group to open ‘drive first, build later’ prototyping lab

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EDAG Group, one of the world’s largest independent engineering partners for vehicles and smart factories, is set to inaugurate the first-ever EDAG Zero Prototype Lab at its development centre in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Expected to be operational in Q1 2024, the EDAG Zero Prototype Lab will be a driving dynamics simulator centre open to all market participants, allowing vehicles, their functions and driving dynamics to be comprehensively tested by humans before a physical vehicle is built.

The centre will feature a comprehensive suite of tools to push human-centric simulation-driven vehicle development solutions further than before, with a special focus on OEMs services in critical domains such as vehicle dynamics and new mobility, including ADAS and autonomous vehicles.

A VI-grade state-of-the-art simulator will prove a key tool in the centre, with EDAG investing in an DiM500 simulator, a large-scale simulator featuring a unique cable drive system for the lower stage to enable a larger motion envelope for even longer time exposure.

Its upper stage uses a hexalift set-up to enable a wide motion envelope by increasing available vertical travel, which in turn leads to a better vertical feel under combined loading events.

In addition to the DiM500 simulator, the EDAG Zero Prototype Lab will also feature VI-grade’s Compact Full Spectrum Simulator (FSS) and an additional AutoHawk Hardware-in-the-Loop platform to connect driving simulators to its existing and future hardware-in-the-loop rigs.

“At EDAG, we are dedicated to merging our core competencies of engineering excellence with the latest technology, solidifying our position as a trusted partner in the global mobility industry,” said Jonas Grötzinger, senior expert, Vehicle Motion at EDAG Group.


“The integration of VI-grade’s state-of-the-art simulator technology into our new Zero Prototype Lab exemplifies our shared commitment to innovation, set to make a substantial impact on the future of engineering services worldwide.”

EDAG operates a global network of over 60 branches and draws on more than 50 years of engineering experience.

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