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Find out when to meet us at tradeshows and other events, or check up on the next dates for our free product training.

 

EventDateLocationMore Information
 
 VBOX Training, UK

 23 Feb 2017  Racelogic office
 Buckingham
 UK
 Click here for more  information


 ATE Korea

 6-8 March 2017  Seoul, Korea  Exhibitor: VBOX Korea
 Official event website


 EIS Instrumentation,  Analysis and Testing  Exhibition

 14 March 2017  Silverstone, UK  Exhibitor: Racelogic UK &       M-Tech
 Official event website

 VBOX Training, UK

 30 March 2017  Racelogic office
 Buckingham
 UK
 Click here for more  information

 VBOX Training, UK
 27 April 2017  Racelogic office
 Buckingham
 UK
 Click here for more  information


 JSAE Annual Congress

 24-26 May 2017  Yokohama, Japan  Exhibitor: VBOX Japan
 Official event website

 VBOX Training, UK

 25 May 2017  Racelogic office
 Buckingham
 UK
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 ATE Europe, 2017

 20-22 June  2017  Stuttgart,  Germany  Exhibitor: Racelogic GmbH
 Official event website

 ATE North America, 2017

 24-26 Oct 2017  Novi, Michigan,  USA  Exhibitor: Racelogic USA
 Official event website

 

 

European VBOX Roadshow 2016 a success

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The European leg of the hugely successful VBOX Roadshow 2016 has drawn to a close at Quattroruote, Vairano, Italy

After a 6 week tour of Europe, starting in France, travelling up to Luxembourg then down through Germany and finally ending in Italy, the European leg of the VBOX Roadshow has drawn to a successful conclusion at the ASC Quattroruote, Vairano test facility near Milan.

The event in Italy, put on in partnership with Giuseppe and his team from Remak, saw 30 delegates in attendance from a variety of companies including Ducati, Aprilia, FCA Group and Magneti Marelli to name just a few. Click on the link to take a look at some photos from the day: https://flic.kr/s/aHskx2RzJZ

The next outing for the VBOX Roadshow will be at MIRA and Heyford Park in the UK on 21st and 23rd June respectively – hopefully we will be blessed with the same blue skies that we experienced in Italy!

European roadshow 2

Racelogic USA Open House - January 2016

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Following on from the success of the Open House held last October at our offices in Farmington Hills MI, Racelogic USA are opening their doors again and invite you to come along to learn about our latest developments in VBOX technology. The Racelogic Team will be highlighting the exciting new VBTS features including video sync and mapping.

Date: Friday 27th January, 2016          Time: 10am - 2pm 

Location: Racelogic USA, 27240 Haggerty Road, Suite E17, Farmington Hills, MI 48331

The event includes:

  • Live VBOX product demonstrations
  • Access to our Support team
  • Free lunch! 

Click here to register, or email for more information.

BMW Aquaplane

IMU now with Roof Mounting Option

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roof mounted imu newThe VBOX IMU roof-mounting option allows for an IMU04 to be placed directly on the vehicle roof, co-located with the GPS antenna.

The IMU is securely fastened within the machined enclosure which has a magnetic base to ensure that it stays safely in place.

Maximum Kalman Filter performance and best application of lever arm correction requires configuration derived from accurate measurement between the IMU and antenna.

Co-locating the antenna and IMU on the vehicle’s roof there is no requirement to measure the distance between them as you do in a standard setup, and it is easier to install. With the GPS and inertial data sources coming from the same point, this critical measurement no longer needed, leaving only the required translation to – typically – the vehicle’s centre of gravity. This method is easier and isn’t prone to human error.

Features

  • Yaw rate range ±450˚/s
  • Acceleration range ±5 g in each axis
  • Internal temperature compensation
  • Yaw rate resolution 0.014˚/s
  • Acceleration resolution 0.15 mg
  • CAN Bus interface
  • Integration with GNSS for consistent and accurate data in weak/degraded satellite signal conditions
  • Splash proof: IP67 rating
  • 0.05˚(RMS) pitch/roll and yaw angle accuracy when used in conjunction with a VBOX 3i

Highlights from the Unmanned Systems Exhibition, Atlanta

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Jim Lau, Racelogic USA, details the LabSat GNSS Simulator and VBOX Speed Sensor IMU while at Unmanned Systems 2015, held May 4-7 in Atlanta.

VBOX is a 100Hz dual antenna GPS/GLONASS speed sensor (VBSSISL) that combines signals from an integrated inertial measurement unit (IMU) with those from GPS to provide smoother output data even when satellite reception is interrupted.

The VBOX Roadshow

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A great start at MIRA

The VBOX Vehicle Testing Roadshow got off to a great start with the first day at MIRA Proving Ground on Tuesday 12th May. A wide range of attendees representing companies across the spectrum of vehicle development and testing came along for demonstrations of ADAS, dynamics, and braking. Our new hospitality trailer was the perfect vantage point to have a coffee, talk about new testing practices, look at software, and shelter from the wind!

Mira Roadshow 1

There is one more UK date in the calendar, on Thursday 14th May, and it’s not too late to register. At Heyford Park we will be joined by Thatcham with their static and moving balloon cars for AEB and vehicle separation demos; and Anthony Best Dynamics will also be on hand to showcase path following using a VBOX.

Ben Morris, of UK VBOX Distributor M-Tech, will be pleased to speak to anyone looking to arrange a site visit and further demonstrations.

Mira Roadshow 2

New Racelogic Support Centre

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To help you to quickly find the information you need we have launched a new online Support Centre. By simply entering your question into the search bar provided it will look through our extensive knowledgebase and provide you with a list of relevant articles.

By making all our data available online it gives you 24 hour access and ensures you’re looking at the very latest version. It also enables you to gain the same results from any location with a smart phone or tablet PC – a great tool to have when you come across a problem in the field.

If when searching you still can’t find an answer to your question, you can raise a support ticket and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. A support ticket can also be sent directly to our German and US offices for them to answer.

Try it for yourself at https://racelogic.support.

New data analysis software – VBOX Test Suite

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VBOX Test Suite is our next generation of data analysis software. It has been developed to make the process of analysing your test results as quick and clear as possible by combining a clean layout with the ability to compare sets of data simultaneously using multiple test conditions.

It does this by using separate tabs for each test, enabling you to compare different vehicles or set-ups without having to reset your test parameters each time, or search through multitudes of data on a single screen.

The software also uses context sensitive menus to make it easy for you to manage your data and can be used in either ‘Offline’ mode, for post-test analysis, or ‘Online’ mode so you can see your data in real-time.

The capabilities of VBOX Test Suite will be increased over the coming months, to include a variety of further applications for those engineers conducting ADAS and vehicle dynamics testing. Custom plugins will also be available – please contact us with your specification.

For more information about VBOX Test Suite watch our short introductory video.

 

The VBOX UK Roadshow is coming

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Educating Your Engineers

We realise that your time is precious and that not all your design and test engineers can get out to exhibitions and trade shows to keep abreast of the latest technology.

RACELOGIC are teaming up with Thatcham, Anthony Best Dynamics, Tread Ltd Tyre Testing Services and M-Tech to bring this technology to you at your local test tracks to demonstrate the very latest in automotive testing solutions.

VBOX roadshow

Comparing Park Assist Systems with VBOX Test Equipment

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Last month, leading German automobile magazine, AutoBild, sought the assistance of RACELOGIC to compare the park assist systems of nine major car manufacturers - with surprising results.

Test engineer Matthias Wittpahl, RACELOGIC Germany, has been using the VBOX ADAS test system to map the assigned parking space and all relevant contact points of the parking vehicle. Using corrections signals from an RTK Base Station, all data could be measured by the VBOX 3i RTK to within 2cm. VBOX Tools was used in combination with the File Processor Parking Assist software to output the relevant separation data.

To facilitate the final comparison, the test was filmed with the VBOX HD camera system and overlaid with separation data from the different park manoeuvres. 

Here's a video of the Skoda Octavia parking into a gap that was not much bigger than 60 cm of the vehicle's dimensions: http://youtu.be/B0HaWBqyp9w.

Autobild Parkassist Mar2015

Major Update to VBOX 3i firmware

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We are pleased to announce the release of firmware version 2.1 for the VBOX 3i range, which sees some major new features, giving an even greater scope in your ADAS testing.

To take advantage of the new features the following products will need to be upgraded:


Multiple Contact Points

To assist in the testing of ADAS applications such as Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, it is now possible to ‘map’ the shape of vehicles using a survey pole, antenna, and VBOX File Manager. Up to twenty-four points around the vehicle bodies can be surveyed, and the ‘shape’ of each car can be stored for later use. As the test is conducted, the distance of the closest contact points between the vehicles is calculated to +/-2cm accuracy, automatically switching to the nearest contact points as they change with the car’s relative positions.

This allows for multiple procedures to be completed without having to reconfigure for individual contact points – such as moving from right rear to left rear flank during blind spot testing. This video demonstrates how the system works:


Multiple Static Point for Traffic Sign Recognition

This allows up to 100 roadside targets to be surveyed, creating a GPS map of their locations. Minimum and maximum range and detection angle can be applied to simulate test equipment limitations.

As the vehicle is driven towards them and the targets fall within the detection zone, the range, angle, and time-to-collision parameters of up to five are simultaneously displayed and logged, with further points being tracked as the closer ones are passed. This system is ideal for the development and validation of traffic sign recognition systems, among others.

Signs


Dual Antenna Heading

Vehicle heading is now taken from dual rather than single antennas in ADAS applications. An accurate and stable heading is vital as it forms part of the calculations on all separation channels and contact reference points. Twin antenna heading provides these advantages:

  • Heading and separation values at zero velocity
  • No drift like that of a single antenna or IMU derived heading
  • Significantly reduced noise, especially in low-dynamic testing
  • Dual antenna heading within ADAS mode allows for a smaller antenna separation - without an increase in signal noise - due to yaw rate smoothing from an IMU03/04 (no roof pole needed)
  • The new stable heading enables full integration with steering robots

Fixed CAN Delay

By enabling a very accurate GPS timing pulse, the latency in CAN output can be set to a fixed delay. Whilst it makes the transmission delay longer than the average of standard output, the fixed delay ensures timing stability.

Currently the latency is 8.5ms ± 1ms, but for those who require precisely fixed output timing, it can be set to 15.5ms. Fixed CAN Delay is only possible on IMU04 ready units of VBOX 3i.


Four Contact Points for Park Assist Testing

In Lane Departure Mode, four rather than two contact points can now be set which allows for the range of the rear corners of the vehicle to the lane edge to be calculated. This feature has been conceived with Park Assist testing in mind.

Park-Assist


Improved Kalman Filter

All channels that output via the Kalman Filter benefit from improvements to the algorithm. In addition, an ‘IMU04 ready’ VBOX 3i (V2 with upgrade or V3) can now use an IMU03 for lever arm compensation.

IMU integration ensures accurate test results in areas of unreliable satellite reception, and with the IMU03 capable of providing lever arm compensation, it makes a lot of sense to upgrade your VBOX 3i to the latest specification – contact your local distributor who can provide further details.

IMU lever arm

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