Continental Unveils Revolutionary Driving Simulator for Tire Development

Continental has launched a state-of-the-art driving simulator, marking a significant leap in tire testing and development. This high-tech simulator, operational from November 30, 2023, is set to revolutionize the way tires are developed, particularly for original equipment.

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Continental | The developers can digitally adjust the tire parameters of the test tire at any time.
Published on
November 30, 2023

Innovative Approach to Tire Testing
The new simulator, known as a driver-in-the-loop (DIL) system, is designed to calculate precise driving dynamics parameters for tires and their respective test vehicles. This technology enables virtual tire tests, which are not only more efficient but also conserve raw materials, significantly shortening development times.

Efficiency and Precision in Development
Bernd Korte, Head of Passenger Tire Development at Continental, highlights the efficiency and precision of virtual development methods. The simulator allows for the testing of tires across various vehicle types, including electric, hybrid, and combustion-engine vehicles. The digital adjustment of tire parameters facilitates rapid, repeatable test drives, providing direct comparisons of subjective driving impressions.

Professional test drivers evaluate a dedicated tire model for a specific vehicle model variant in a virtual environment.

A Leap in Testing Technology
The simulator boasts an extensive motion platform, offering a realistic driving experience encompassing all six degrees of vehicle dynamics. Julian Kroeber, responsible for the tire simulator at Continental, emphasizes the simulator's role in optimizing the development process, saving time, and allowing for the extensive testing of new materials.

Sustainability and Innovation
This investment in testing technology aligns with Continental's commitment to sustainability. By reducing the need for physical test tires, the simulator contributes to the company's goal of being a leader in environmental and social responsibility.

The driving simulator is located on the grounds of the Contidrom. The tire test facility has been an important part of Continental’s research and development department since its foundation in 1967. Car, truck, and motorcycle tires are tested intensively here.

Implications for the Future
Continental's new driving simulator represents a significant advancement in tire development, offering a more efficient, precise, and sustainable approach. This innovation is set to have a profound impact on the tire industry, enhancing the performance and safety standards of future tire designs.

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