Bosch Rexroth delivers advanced motion platform for Renault simulator

The new simulator named ROADS (for Renault Optimization Autonomous Driving Simulator)

Bosch Rexroth is supplying the motion platform solution as part of a new Renault Dynamic Driving Simulator installed by system integrator AV Simulation

  • The most advanced automotive motion simulators ever developed
  • Capable of accelerations up to 1 g and speeds up-to 9 m/s in both longitudinal and lateral directions
  • 6000 kg payload with high performance hexapod, yaw- and X-Y table

Bosch Rexroth, the leading company in drive and control solutions, is supplying one of the most advanced motion platforms for a new Renault automotive simulator being constructed by system integrator company AV simulation

The Rexroth motion platform comprises of a high performance hexapod and rotating yaw table, all on top of a highly rigid x-y table. It incorporates new technologies and linear motors to create a machine that accepts a 6000 kg payload, yet delivers high acceleration and velocities. Up to up to 1 g acceleration can be achieved, together with speeds up to 9 m/s in both longitudinal and lateral directions. Installation of the new platform will begin Q3, 2019, and is due to be completed end of 2019.

“Renault provided very detailed specifications on the simulator they required and the Rexroth system fully matched it“ said Olivier Anselme, Sales Director AV Simulation. “Their long experience in this field was also a crucial factor. We have been working with Rexroth for many years and have a strong relationship.“

“We have been supplying these systems since 2003. In fact, our first system was for Renault,“ said Rik de Swart, Sales Manager Motion Simulation Technology at Bosch Rexroth. “So we are delighted to be able to satisfy Renault’s requirements with our latest solution.“

The completed motion platform will be installed by AV Simulation and fitted with a dome including projectors. The dome will house a test car and be able to accommodate drivers and passengers making safety paramount. The motion platform features a high level of built-in safety measures. Both mechanical and software motion limiting features are utilized so the system cannot exceed its programmed limits. Among many safety features, drives are equipped with Bosch Rexroth ‘Safety on Board’ technology which provides additional security measures like guaranteed safe stop.

While previous XY motion systems rely on a rack and pinion design, the higher speeds and accelerations mean Bosch Rexroth linear motors are used in the new platform. Very quiet and with very low vibration, linear motors ensure the guidance systems can control the platform very specifically, even while moving the heavy payload at high speed.

High performance at high speeds does put a heavy demand on power. The Rexroth design helps minimize grid power requirements, by incorporating its 4EE technology that can store and reuse the energy generated during deceleration phases.

About Bosch Rexroth:

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 29,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5 billion euros in 2016.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

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