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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.

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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, 1.7.55.2453.

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
Deutschland

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

 

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 1.7.13.2107 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.

VBTS Interim Conditions

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.

New VBOX 3i FW & SW released

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VBOX 3i Firmware  - What's new in 2.5 b20447

New Freatures & Functionality

  • Pass by Noise mode added
  • Standard VB3i
    DIFF LED behaviour change (see latest online documentation)
  • Kalman Filter
    Added Longitudinal and Lateral jerk channels
    IMU angle offsets no-longer cleared on software connection
  • Dual antenna
    Slip angle calculation stability improvements

Bug Fixes

  • Standard VB3i
    20Hz RS232 brake test data calculation fixed
  • Kalman Filter
    Fix for held speed observed around poor GPS conditions
    Fix for implausible speed values observed around poor GPS conditions
    Fix for erroneous behaviour possible with large IMU to antenna offsets
    Improved initialisation stability.
    Improvements for IMU03 Kalman filter stability performance
  • ADAS
    Fix to header file for Static point reference lane.
  • CAN output updates (see latest online documentation) DGPS solution type added Kalman Filter status moved

Download here.

To fully configure a VBOX 3i running this firmware, VBOX Setup 2.1.21.546 is needed.

 

VBOX Setup Software - What's new in 2.1.21.546

New Features and Functionality in VBOX 3i Configuration

  • Vehicle CAN database added
  • Added ADAS mode setting to IMU Kalman Filter configuration
  • Update to Racelogic CAN output table
  • Added information for connected CANHUB
  • Improved channel presentation for large CAN files

Bug Fixes

  • Module configuration fixes
  • CAN02 baud rate setting fix
  • FIM03 properties UI fix
  • VB3i configuration
    No longer prevents the user from adding VCI CAN channels when separate Racelogic CAN bus is maximised
    Connected Multi-Function Display (DSP03) CAN channel parameter selection fix

Download here.

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