Virtual test driving draws the community to Karlsruhe

Review Open House 2016

The Open House has established itself as the industry meeting for virtual test driving. This year, over 400 experts and interested visitors attended the one-day event, attesting to increasing interest and the event’s continued growth. 50 visitors more than last year were welcomed through the doors of the Open House this year. Consistent with the positive response, the feedback was also excellent. Lisa Ehni, the event organizer, received high praise for organizing such an exceptional day.

The program began with an opening address by the managing director Steffen Schmidt. He highlighted the advantages of virtual testing in the application areas of vehicle dynamics, driver assistance and powertrain, and expanded upon current developments in the company.

He was pleased to announce that IPG Automotive is expanding around the world, and following the foundation of subsidiaries in China and the USA last year, a site in South Korea had been established on the very day of the event.

Having international subsidiaries enables the provider of virtual test driving solutions to maintain close relationships with international clients, and therefore be best equipped to support clients to their utmost satisfaction.

In the keynote speech, Holger Hofmann from Bosch Engineering focused on the advantages of working with virtual prototypes and clearly described how these prototypes are constructed and implemented at Bosch Engineering.

Holger Hofmann from Bosch Engineering

First session: Driver assistance

Then, in three sessions centering on the topics of driver assistance, powertrain and vehicle dynamics, the discussion turned to current developments and challenges in these areas, and the diverse solutions offered by CarMaker.Product innovations were also presented in live demonstrations with the 5.1 release.
The driver assistance session concentrated on scenario generation and sensor models.

Second session: Powertrain

In the area of powertrain, the focus was on real-time capable model environments for the development of electric vehicles, model integration, and testing using test benches, particularly for real driving emissions.

Third session: Vehicle dynamics

Suspension and test management were at the center of the session on vehicle dynamics. In all three sessions, the presentations were complemented with demonstrations using CarMaker.

SimulOscar Award 2016

The awards ceremony for the student competition SimulOscar took place at the end of the presentation program

Accompanying exhibition & Driving Action

The parallel exhibition featured 25 booths this year. Visitors were able to find out about individual products and ask our team questions at the IPG Automotive booths, and many of our partners also presented their solutions. The selection of booths grew significantly compared with the previous year, with important partners such as Ibeo Automotive Systems, Bosch Engineering and NVIDIA joining us this year for the first time. Every year, the exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to engage in discussion with other industry experts and to find out about innovative developments.