Horiba, the Japanese automotive research and development company, has launched a new virtual testing solution to help cut Real Driving Emissions (RDE) development costs.
The launch coincides with a new white paper commissioned by Horiba which reveals the growing business case for the virtualisation of RDE powertrain development.
Real-world driving emissions tests measure the pollutants a car produces while being driven on real roads as opposed to being tested in a lab that simulates real-life driving conditions.
According to the study conducted by Frost & Sullivan, virtualising RDE testing could help vehicle manufacturers reduce their prototype vehicle requirements up to 75% by replacing on-road testing with virtual development, resulting in savings of up to £14 million per vehicle programme.
This is in addition to potential savings in reduced testing and development times.
Steve Whelan, Global Development and Application Centre Leader at Horiba, said: “Undoubtedly, it’s a time of huge change for the automotive industry, as manufacturers face the multiple challenges of emission reductions, electrification and future mobility, all while remaining competitive.
“As a business committed to supporting this process, we’ve developed RDE+ in order to provide a more efficient and cost-effective approach to RDE development.”
Whelan estimates that RDE requirements have increases testing times threefold.
He added: “The transition to a more agile approach is inevitable in meeting future vehicle demand.
“Virtual validation will play a lead role in this, enabling products to be developed quicker and better – it’s about doing more with less.”