Non-contact speed and distance measurement using GPS
VBOX is a powerful data acquisition system used for measuring the speed and position of a moving vehicle. Based on a range of high performance GPS receivers, VBOX data loggers will measure speed, distance, acceleration, braking distance, heading, slip angle, lap times, position, cornering forces and more with high accuracy.
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VBOX is internationally recognised as a quality standard in the measurement of speed and distance for braking, performance, handling and automotive testing. With the ability to synchronise GPS with video, CAN and IMU data, VBOX systems are the choice of test departments at almost every vehicle and tyre manufacturer worldwide.
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Common testing applications include brake testing, ADAS Validation, Electronic Stability Control (FMVSS126) Testing, Aquaplane Testing, Coastdown, Lane Departure Warning System Testing, Centerline Deviation Testing, Marine Testing and Mining Systems Monitoring.
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Our newly released VBOX3i dual antenna with RTK measures speed, position, acceleration, distance, slip angle and vehicle pitch/roll angle to a very high degree of accuracy and can be used in a much greater number of test scenarios. The VB3iSL-RTK is ideal for validatingAdvanced Driver Assistance Systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, collision mitigation and blind spot detection.
Asta La Vista, Baby
A special proving ground, the ASTAZero, is nearing completion in time for its official opening in 2014.
This is a joint collaboration between Swedish governmental institutions, industry, and academia – but with a focus on international development of traffic safety systems. It's big, with a total paved surface area of some 250,000 square metres.
VBOX Blog: Driving? Not I.
Have you seen the film "I, Robot"? During one scene, Will Smith's character is seen to be jumping into his futuristic Audi and not driving. The car does it for him.
Later on he takes control, and his accompanying passenger looks on in terrified disbelief, asking why he's about to drive manually.
So much for science fiction and Hollywood blockbusters – "I, Robot" is a fun diversion for a couple of hours but none of it is based on reality. Well, almost none of it.
Australian Road Trains - The longest can be over 50 metres long. Whilst the US, Canada, Mexico and a couple of Scandinavian countries allow LCVs (longer combination vehicles) no one does it quite like they do, Down Under.
We've been contacted to help measuring how far the trailers or hauling vehicles ingress into adjacent lanes, or off the side of the road. Not easy to do. Our clients solution was ingenious if a little Heath Robinson: attach hosepipes to each trailer corner, drive the test, and measure the water trails before they dry (which I'll be willing to bet, in Australia, doesn't take long.)
Blog: Why is Coast Down Testing so important?
A few years ago I had an illuminating chat with an engineer from a UK-based manufacturer (they make very nice cars, that’s all I can say about who he worked for) who described their coast down practices.