Cruden, the driving simulator and simulator software specialist, has launched the biggest update yet to Panthera Free, the free-to-use version of its Panthera simulator software. At the heart of a comprehensive suite of upgrades is the addition of Panthera ADAS Toolbox, an experimental environment in MATLAB/Simulink that allows automotive engineers and researchers to create any ADAS controller they want and introduce it to the driving simulator.
Since its launch in 2016, Panthera Free has become a popular tool for automotive and motorsport engineers and engineering students. Following an in-depth review and working closely with existing users, Cruden has updated Panthera Free to offer users an even greater degree of flexibility and simplified user experience than before.
Martijn de Mooij, technical development manager at Cruden, said: “Panthera Free has always showcased what is possible with Cruden’s proprietary software. We have listened carefully to the feedback from our user base, which has ultimately informed many of the improvements in the design, user experience and integration possibilities of Panthera Free. With the increased relevance of ADAS testing – for instance automatic ABS, lane-keeping, advanced cruise control – and the reliance on simulations to validate vehicle parameters safely in the virtual world, Cruden has placed greater emphasis on the interfacing tools to encourage further development in this area of the vehicle development process.
Cruden’s focus is on delivering a positive and intuitive user experience and we are confident the new upgrades will facilitate the development of highly accurate driving simulations and specialised vehicle modelling creations. Importantly, Panthera Free remains just that – free!”
Cruden has simplified the model parameterisation interface to suit users who are more familiar with MATLAB/Simulink, which makes the transition much simpler than before. Furthermore, this simplified model, which relies on less S-functions (the compiled codes in Simulink) and external toolboxes, encourages the user to conduct further experiments with the model and even create their own.
Panthera Free can be used with almost any vehicle model including VI-CarRealTime, IPG CarMaker, veDYNA, CarSim, Dymola, dSPACE ASM or SIMPACK for single channel desktop simulations. Or, users can take our in-house developed Simulink vehicle model, CSVM-Lite, which comes as part of the package.
To promote collaborative development and community support, users can join the Panthera Free forum. This online support platform allows users to share best practice with each other and encourage deeper development using the single-channel Panthera Free software.
At the heart of the latest Panthera Free simulator software is the addition of Panthera ADAS Toolbox, an experimental environment in MATLAB/Simulink that allows automotive engineers and researchers to create any ADAS controller they want and introduce it to the driving simulator.
Cruden’s Panthera Free simulator software was first launched in 2016. It opens a new door to automotive engineers and researchers allowing them to perform endless driving simulations and vehicle modelling creations.