GRAZ, Austria - AVL-List has launched a software program to make a computer 'feel like a driver.' The program promises to save millions of test drivers' miles by simulating engine and chassis performance.
The engine developer said the simulation enables engineers to optimize drivability before test driving begins. It cuts by half the test miles needed to tune cars to the specific demands of each brand.
'The feel of a car plays an important role for every driver,' said chief executive officer Helmut List, 'be it a Formula One pilot or a retiree on a holiday trip. It makes the difference between feeling well, comfortable and safe, or strain.'
AVL interviewed hundreds of drivers to define active and passive criteria.
Active criteria are positive feelings such as the adrenaline or sports car power, the adventure of off-roading, and the peace of a quiet, detached ride in a limousine.
Passive criteria are mainly negative reactions, for example, the car not coming up to expectations, rattling, stuttering or reacting badly to the throttle.
In the end AVL engineers defined around 300 measurable criteria to describe subjective feelings. A normal driver can differentiate up to 30 criteria. Test drivers can define many more.