The DLR Robotic Motion Simulator accurately recreates the sensation of swerving on the road
The DLR Robotic Motion Simulator's VR cabin sits on the end of a KUKA industrial robot arm
KUKA, a German industrial robotics company, has previously re-purposed its robot arms for theme park rides
The DLR Robotic Motion Simulator can train people to drive road vehicles and aircraft
The German Aerospace Center has reduced the cost of motion simulators by replacing the common 6-axis hydraulic approach with a single robot arm
The DLR Robotic Motion Simulator uses Modelica for its visualization software
Computer simulations designed to teach people how to operate a vehicle can reproduce a reasonable facsimile of real-world conditions, but they lack one key ingredient: a realisic sense of motion. That's why companies like Toyota has spent millions developing motion simulators that typically move on six hydraulic arms to recreate the sensation of actual driving. Now, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has built a cost-effective motion simulator powered by a single industrial robot arm that can handle extreme scenarios, such as spin maneuvers and even flight take-off and landing.
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