SIMDAT Addresses the Challenges of Virtual Car Development
The growing competition in the automotive industry requires continuous reduction of development and innovation cycles while the demands on quality, safety and comfort are increasing. Advances in computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided test (CAT) technologies and processes have contributed significantly to the ability of the automotive industry to keep up with these requirements.
The automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers involved in the Automotive Activity of SIMDAT, supported by software vendors, have deployed, operated and evaluated demonstrators to prove the feasibility and benefits of the SIMDAT Automotive technologies and problem solving environments (PSE) in a Grid environment. The goal is to demonstrate that the technologies developed in SIMDAT allow all parties involved in the functional design of cars to access and leverage product development data across distributed locations and disciplines.
The ultimate target is to develop improved product designs in less time at reduced cost by accessing this distributed know-how and deriving new information from it. The Automotive Demonstrators are operated in commercial environments to prove the business value of the SIMDAT technologies by emphasising collaboration bet ween different disciplines and organisations as well as data management aspects.
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