The new Mercedes-Benz Driving Simulation Center brings together the world’s most advanced facilities of their kind. Over a period of five years, Mercedes-Benz is investing €160 million in the infrastructure, the driving simulator, and the climate and wind tunnels. This will result in direct benefits for the customers of the brand.
Using digital prototypes created with powerful computers, a new model can be thoroughly tested in many driving situations at a very early stage of development. These digital representations of the vehicle in question can be taken for virtual drives at an early stage of series development and thus comprehensively evaluated before the vehicle is actually produced. This process enables real-life prototypes to reach technological maturity more quickly so that they can undergo even more in-depth testing. The best development results are therefore achieved by intelligently linking state-of-the-art simulation methods with extensive real-life testing over millions of kilometers, which will remain an indispensable part of the development process. So simulation and simulators are not considered substitutes for real tests; instead, they are regarded as the best possible supplement to actual testing.
Another key advantage of the Driving Simulation Center is that all the simulators are under one roof there. This allows to use them for their specific purposes with high efficiency in terms of time and costs. Also unique in the automotive world is the fact that the Driving Simulation Center is located so close to the other research and development areas in Sindelfingen, including design. The intensive interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge contributes a lot to our ability to shorten development times while significantly boosting the maturity of our products. In the end, that means greater efficiency and even higher quality in every respect — and that is how the Driving Simulation Center makes a vital contribution to the future competitiveness of Mercedes-Benz.
Source: Daimler AG