New VBOX 3i firmware (v 2.7) released

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The new firmware lets you utilise wheel speed data from the vehicle’s CAN bus, to help maintain the accuracy of position and velocity measurements in areas with limited or no satellite coverage.

As you can see in the video, combining GNSS, inertial and wheel speed data enables you to accurately measure position and velocity in tunnels, dense urban environments, or anywhere else where satellite visibility is restricted, such as indoor car parks.

Additionally, using wheel speed data from the vehicle’s CAN bus removes the need to use expensive, external wheel speed sensors that are prone to damage.

The new firmware (v2.7) will also enable AB Dynamics steering robots to be used with the VBOX 3i, as well as seamless indoor / outdoor testing when used in conjunction with the VBOX Indoor Positioning System.

Please note: you can only install this firmware on v3, v4 and v5 variants of the VBOX 3i. If you have an older variant, you can trade it in and upgrade to the latest VBOX 3i, with great savings available until 30 September 2020.

Download the new firmware >

VBOX 3iS is now available to order

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VB3iS angle frontWe are excited to announce our most advanced GNSS product ever, the VBOX 3iS, is now available to order. We have been working hard to improve the performance of our products in difficult areas such as urban canyons, bridges and tunnels, and the VBOX 3iS is the result of these developments.

Key features

  • Compact GNSS / inertial sensor
  • Connects to your existing control system
  • 2 cm positional accuracy
  • Fills gaps in areas with poor GNSS 
  • 100 Hz GPS / GLONASS receiver
  • Integrated IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)
  • Built-in display for easy configuration and diagnostics

 You can download the full datasheet here.

ADAS & Autonomous testing

The VBOX 3iS is a cost-effective solution for testing and validating the latest ADAS and Autonomous vehicle systems.

Available with RTK to give ± 2 cm positional accuracy, the new sensor is an ideal companion for popular steering robots. The small size and lower cost of the VBOX 3iS makes it ideal for use in multi-vehicle, multi-target ADAS testing, with each sensor communicating over a radio link to a VBOX 3i, which is used as the main data logger.

Accurate testing without GNSS

The VBOX 3iS features the latest multi-constellation, multi-frequency GNSS receiver as well as a high-grade Inertial Measurement Unit and the ability to connect directly to a vehicle's CAN bus. Combining wheel-speed data from the CAN bus with the inertial data further enhances the position and velocity measurements in areas with poor GNSS.

Ideal for testing in tunnels, urban canyons or at test tracks with heavy tree cover, the VBOX 3iS ensures the accuracy of the data being captured, even in restricted sky view conditions and can also fill gaps in GNSS coverage.


The above images are from a test that we carried out through the East India Dock Tunnel in London, which is 400m long. Using GPS only, our position was lost as we entered the tunnel. Adding IMU and wheel speed data into the system, the errors were significantly reduced and the vehicle was tracked through the tunnel with great accuracy, using the VBOX 3iS.

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VBOX Touch is now available to order

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We’re pleased to announce the new VBOX Touch is now available to order. Featuring a 4.3” colour touchscreen, 10 Hz GPS receiver and the ability to run multiple applications on the same hardware, the VBOX Touch is our most versatile data logger yet.

Find out more.

Online tutorials for VBOX Test Suite

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VBOX Test Suite is our next generation analysis software which has replaced VBOX Tools in many test facilities. If you haven't tried it yet, please do!

We have created nine short tutorials to give you an overview of the main features and a basic understanding of how to use it.

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1. VBOX Test Suite - An Introduction

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2. VBOX Test Suite - Getting Started

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3. VBOX Test Suite - The Workspace

See all 9 tutorials.

New Pedal Force Sensor

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We are pleased to offer a new pedal force sensor (RLACS282) that is ideal for Brake tests such as SAE J2909, as well as measuring pedal force.

Supplied with a universal mounting bracket and made from steel, the sensor has a low profile design with a large, anti-slip contact area and can also be used with a brake pedal trigger.

Click here for the datasheet.

RLACS282 Brake Sensor

Firmware update for MFD released

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DSP03 Multifunction displayToday we have releasing a new firmware version for the Multi-Function Display (MFD).

Version 13.09 resolves several stability issues and incorporates the fixes made in the 13.06 BETA release to achieve a closer match of the Pass-By Noise acceleration calculation to the Regulation 51 calculation formula.

 Release notes 13.09 - March 2019

  • Fixed issue where MFD could freeze when running at 1 M/Bit Baud rate while connected to Can Hub.
  • Fixed issue where random characters could be displayed when MFD 'beep' action is triggered.
  • Changes made to Pass-By Noise acceleration calculation to ensure closer match to Regulation 51 calculation formula.
  • Additional parameter for Pass by Noise test. Mid-point to end accel for fixed gear transmissions in R51 regulation.
  • Different calculation used for average accel through test area

New VBOX 3i Firmware available

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VBOX 3i Firmware version 2.6 comes equipped with a new 3 Target ADAS mode, improved Robot Navigation and uninterrupted Slip Angle calculation, even in areas with low GPS coverage.

1subject 3targets armegeddonThe latest VBOX 3i firmware (v2.6) enables engineers to log positional and time-to-collision data from up to 3 moving targets and a lane simultaneously, allowing them to meet the guidelines set out by the new Lane Change Test for ACSF (Automatically Commanded Steering Function).

Firmware version 2.6 comes equipped with a new ‘SlipHead’ channel which does not require a valid dual antenna lock to achieve accurate Slip angle measurements. A useful tool on test tracks where GPS coverage is hampered by bridges, buildings or nearby trees.

Racelogic have also improved the heading channel which is used for ADAS calculations and Robot Navigation by introducing a ‘RobotHead’ channel. By using this channel, you should now benefit from cleaner ADAS signals as well as reduced noise in the robot navigation heading signal.

The layout of the VBOX Manager has also been revamped, simplifying the menu structure and making the current settings more visible. As a result, both the VBOX 3i and VBOX Manager firmware will need to be updated to benefit from these new features.

New version of VBOX Test Suite

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Today we’ve released a new version of VBOX Test Suite,

This release adds R117 Pass-By Noise for tyres (beta), removes the beta tag for R138 PbN & R78 Braking, adds Chinese & Japanese as a language option and contains multiple changes/fixes.

For a further list, please see the history notes.

VBOX Test Suite should notify you that an update is available.

VBOX European Roadshow is back

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The VBOX Hospitality Trailer is back on the road and you are invited to the join us for the VBOX Roadshow 2018. We will be stopping at the following locations:

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Goodyear Luxembourg (Employees only)

18/19 Sep 2018
ADAC Fahrsicherheitsplatz Ingolstadt
Marie-Curie-Str. 15
85055 Ingolstadt

27 Sep 2018
ASC Guidasicura Quattroruote
Cascina di Vairano, 41
27018 Vidigulfo (PV)


What to expect?

We will be there to support you, and to demonstrate our new products and software.

You’ll be able to take an exclusive look at our exciting new data logger, the VBOX Touch, with its bright capacitive touch screen and varied programming options.

We’ll be demonstrating VBOX Connect – a real-time vehicle position monitoring and file-download system.

We have several new software plugins for VBOX Test Suite, such as Pass By Noise and AEB. See how we can save you time and cost in your test and development programs with software designed specifically for your requirements.

We will also be able to show you our prototype indoor positioning system.

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Come along the VBOX Roadshow to discuss your testing needs both now and in the future! We will be delighted to welcome you into the VBOX hospitality trailer for refreshments during the day, as well spending time on the test track for demonstrations.

What's next?

Please email with the date and location you'd like to attend, so you can receive more detailed information on the event.

New plugins and features for VBOX Test Suite

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We have released a new version of VBOX Test Suite. Version adds two test plugins, additional features such as Interim results and several bug fixes.

Update Highlights

  • New plugins (R78 Motorcycle Braking & R138 Electric Vehicle Pass-by Noise)
  • Removes the beta tag on Coastdown and Lane Change plugins
  • Adds French and German language options
  • Adds online-mode support for VBOX Sport
  • Interim Results

For a full list, please see the history notes which summarises the many changes/fixes since the previous release.

As with our other recently updated applications, VBOX Test Suite now uses .NET Framework 4.7.1, meaning that Windows 7 SP1 or later is now required to run it.

VBOX Test Suite should notify you that an update is available.

Interim Results in Detail

The latest version includes Interim Results (formerly known as "Line Conditions") which allows any channel to be used as a condition, as well as adding a 'between' condition to the 'at' and 'every' conditions.

This addditional functionality allows for Interim Results to now be included in the main results table or, as previously, as a separate table.

When Interim Results are included in the main table of results, average/min/max/standard deviation parameters are accessible on multi-run sessions; which makes for easier export to custom-presented results in third-party software or further processing.

The following detail has been added to the relevant sections of the VBOX Test Suite user guide on the RACELOGIC Support Centre: 

The software allows the user to display intermediary results called ‘Interim results’. The Interim results are determined by adding in ‘Interim Conditions’.

Interim Results are determined from within a plugin configuration window.

Pressing the '+' button will add a new interim result. It is possible to have this line appear at ‘Every’ instance of the value (i.e. Every 10 km/h), ‘At’ an instance of a value (i.e. Only at 10 km/h) or 'Between' values (i.e. Between 30 km/h and 50 km/h).

VBTS Interim Conditions

When 'Columns' is selected, each interim result is shown as a column within the right hand side of the results table, if 'Separate Table' is selected, each interim result is shown as a row, in a separate table, next to the results table.

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Accurately identify ADAS signals with an AVAD3 and VBOX

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If you need to record when an ADAS system has become active without using the vehicles' own CAN system, an AVAD3 audio & visual detector from DTC Solutions can now be used alongside VBOX.

AVAD3 is capturing acoustic and optical alerts and signals generated by the vehicle's advanced driver assistance system. It produces a CAN or digital signal when recognising changes of the shapes and colors of defined icons or when audible signals are identified. The output of the AVAD3 can then be used by the VBOX to log the exact moment the vehicle safety message is displayed to the driver. Ideal when testing the accuracy of advance driver assistance systems.

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