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Mar-17 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 2017
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2017.0
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Upgrades NIOSH's QuadDS Driving Simulator
Feb-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 2016
Dec-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2016
Oct-15 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Engineering Driving Simulator to Canadian Tire
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 9.0
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases BikeSim 9.0
Apr-15 Mechanical Simulation Corporation Joins University of Michigan's MTC Affiliates Program
Feb-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 9.0
Nov-14 Meritor and Meritor-WABCO Purchase QuadDS Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Oct-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 9.0
Mar-14 Terence J. Rhoades, President of Mechanical Simulation Corporation, Honored with SAE International Medal of Honor
Feb-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 8.2
Dec-13 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Human-Hardware-in-the-Loop Driving Simulator to Geely Automobile
Aug-13 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 8.2
Jul-13 National Transportation Safety Board Takes Delivery of a 3 DOF Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Mar-13 Mechanical Simulation Announces New Representation Agreement in India with Xitadel
Feb-13 Mechanical Simulation Purchases SuspensionSim
Jan-13 BikeSim 3.2 is Released
Jan-13 CarSim 8.2 is Released
Dec-12 BikeSim Identifies Vibration Modes in Racing Motorcycles
Dec-12 RPUG Award Presented to Mike Sayers
Nov-12 Mechanical Simulation Earns 2012 Award for Exceptional Engineering Support
Apr-12 Partnership with Altair Engineering
Jan-12 TruckSim 8.1 Released

Archived press releases

National Transportation Safety Board Takes Delivery of a 3 DOF Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 1, 2013 - Mechanical Simulation Corporation has delivered an innovative driving simulator to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The three degree of freedom motion simulator features Mechanical Simulation's flagship vehicle simulation software product - TruckSim® for Driving Simulators. The simulator will be used by NTSB engineers for accident investigation and development, testing, and demonstration of accident avoidance and mitigation strategies.

This advanced driving simulator features and extended real-time Software-in-the-loop (SIL) capability that enables NTSB engineers to interface with Matlab Simulink. This capability allows development and testing of alternate control strategies. In this application Mechanical Simulation has developed integrated system architecture to manage the simulation of vehicle dynamics, motion control, motion cueing, and MATLAB/Simulink models with a single computer. The simulator features three 70" high-definition monitors, a motion platform, driver controls, truck-style commercial seating, a torque motor to create realistic steering feel, instrumentation and controls for managing the simulation environment.

As a long-time user of TruckSim, the selection of a Mechanical Simulation driving simulator was the right solution for NTSB. Dr. Carl R. Schultheisz from NTSB recently commented: "We worked very closely with Mechanical Simulation to define the performance and operational requirements of the simulator. This successful collaboration resulted in an open-architecture tool that we will be able to integrate with a wide range of accident investigation and engineering operations. With a TruckSim based simulator, we will be able to more quickly understand the unique characteristics of heavy-duty and commercial vehicle accidents and to evaluate new technologies and accident avoidance strategies."

Since the simulator is designed as an engineering tool, the level of customization that can be accomplished by NTSB was also a compelling advantage. "We use TruckSim in desktop simulations because it allows us to control the physics in an accident scenario - the vehicle parameters and interactions with the road surface through the tires, suspension and braking", said Dr. Schultheisz. "In moving to the real-time driving simulator, our experience with TruckSim made the implementation fairly straightforward, and still allowed us complete control of vehicle properties, and the driving scene - complete with 3D models of vehicles. This lets us optimize all conditions to provide the most realistic driving experience for each investigation we want to demonstrate."

About Mechanical Simulation Corporation: Mechanical Simulation Corporation is a technology leader in the development and distribution of advanced software used to simulate vehicle performance under a wide variety of conditions. The company was established in 1996, and from its Ann Arbor, Mich., headquarters provides car, truck and motorcycle simulation packages, training and ongoing support to more than 90 OEMs
and Tier 1 suppliers, and over 160 universities and government research groups worldwide. For more information, visit www.carsim.com.


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