rFpro can be used to test passive chassis designs and steering systems as well as to achieve alignment between subjective and objective measures for attribute engineering. By testing in rFpro, very early design decisions and platform architectures can be evaluated with a professional test driver, years before committing to a physical design.
Bring your test facilities to the lab
TERRAIN SERVER, rFpro’s high resolution road surface, ensures that your vehicle model is fed accurate road surface data to ensure correlation with physical vehicle testing on your proving grounds, test facilities and public road routes. The fast, high quality graphics lead to consistent, high quality test driving, allowing statistical methods to be applied to test results.
Testing fundamental design directions with professional test drivers on a driving simulator ensures that feedback from human test drivers can be provided to the design team very early in the engineering process. By having this feedback through rFpro early in the design process, identifying and implementing changes can be done before a physical prototype is driven, significantly reducing cost and delays.
Return on investment
The single greatest return on investment (ROI) from rFpro results from implementing a virtual test program. The engineering process for OEMs is sufficiently established that implementing process efficiency improvements that deliver cost savings of a few percent are considered successful. Virtual testing in rFpro has already delivered savings of tens of millions of dollars on a single model’s test and validation programme.
Test earlier, test more, save cost and reduce delays
In a traditional test environment, many of the design changes identified are as a result of the testing of prototype and production-intent vehicles by professional test drivers. rFpro allows you to conduct more of that testing earlier in the engineering process, validating cars, systems and components while the vehicle is still model-based. By engaging real test drivers earlier in the process, more of the changes resulting from the test and validation processes are made earlier in the engineering cycle, which delivers very significant cost savings. Implementing design changes earlier in the vehicle manufacturing process causes less delay and reduces costs.