- Start date: 1 December 2012
- End date: 31 December 2018
- Funder: EPSRC/Jaguar Land Rover(JLR)
- Primary investigator: Dr Gustav Marrkula
- External co-investigators: Bjorn van Uem, Jaguar Land Rover
This project has given manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover access to new, world-class simulation tools and processes. The research in this theme aimed to develop a modular software and hardware environment to support virtual vehicle prototyping, where performance characteristics and the ergonomic interfaces between the vehicle and its occupants can be evaluated at an early stage in the design cycle.
Underpinned by research into perception in a virtual environment and the development of standards to maximise task-specific simulator functionality, the corresponding validity of the simulator platform to support benchmarking and evaluation was assessed in a three-staged work programme: foundation, specific evaluation test-cases and implications for future simulator design.
This unique £10 million collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover and EPSRC in conjunction with the country's leading academics has made significant advances to the capability of the virtual simulation industry in the UK and has given manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover access to new, world-class simulation tools and processes.