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Horiba launches virtual tool to help cut Real Driving Emissions development costs

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.”

The Smart Transport October 2020 Conference - 'Connecting policy to solutions'

Smart Transport’s autumn conference will be held virtually across three days in October to help showcase solutions to government policy in the fast moving UK transport sector.

The bi-annual event was due to take place at etc. venues Manchester Piccadilly this October, but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Smart Transport has taken the decision to hold an online event instead on October 20, 21 and 22.

Smart Transport editor-in-chief Stephen Briers said: "We may have been prevented from staging the 'real' event this year, but our Virtual Smart Transport Conference will be a wonderful alternative, offering delegates, exhibitors and sponsors many of the benefits and features they love most over the three days in October.

"Our stunning digital event platform will put delegates right in the room, replicating the familiar surroundings of the conventional conference with seminars, live Q&A, polls, interactive chats and numerous network opportunities."

All speakers for the October dates will present virtually using Smart Transport’s digital event platform.

There will also be areas for delegates to network and collaborate with other senior smart transport experts on the practical steps needed for private sector solutions to turn the Government’s vision into reality.

The diverse range of private sector leaders from the intelligent transport industry will share their passion and vision to bring the concept of ‘mobility for all’ to life during the three day virtual event, including exploring how Covid-19 has greatly impacted all modes of travel.

There will also be virtual stands for all the event partners for delegates to interact with on each day of the event.

Smart Transport would like to thank its headline strategic partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, AECOM, Centrica, DAF Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, Liberty Global, Macquarie, PJA, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

Register now for FREE entry smarttransport.org.uk

Key topics to be discussed across the three day event include:

  • Impact of Covid-19 and decarbonisation of the freight industry
  • Strategic placemaking - integrating place and mobility, ‘levelling up’ towns
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the real world: The projects and trials that prove the use case
  • Decarbonising mobility - What have we learnt from Covid-19?
  • Liveable streets, cities and towns after the lockdown
  • Bringing together public and private sector to enable innovation
  • Tackling transportation challenges with big data
  • Public transport and shared mobility

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