Analysis: Determining Vehicle Functionality Through Research
May 21, 2019—MTS Systems Corporation, a supplier of high-performance test systems, on Monday announced the commissioning of an MTS Flat-Trac Handling Roadway at FKFS, an automotive research and development institute in Stuttgart, Germany.
FKFS will deploy the roadway to enable faster evaluation of vehicle performance during real-world driving scenarios.
The Flat-Trac Handling Roadway is a state-of-the-art multiaxial simulation system, engineered to subject complete or partial automobiles to a full spectrum of maneuvers—ranging from everyday driving to highly dynamic events—in the safety of controlled and repeatable laboratory settings.
"Rapidly increasing vehicle complexity, the advent of autonomous and electric cars and intensifying global competition pose significant challenges for today's vehicle dynamicists," states Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS president and CEO. "The Flat-Trac Handling Roadway will provide FKFS and their customers a more agile, laboratory-based approach to mobility research and development, helping them assess and validate vehicle performance and new technologies far more quickly than with conventional proving ground methods alone."