Show Review 2019

Proving yet again that Automotive Testing Expo Europe is the world’s largest and greatest gathering of automotive test and development experts, this year’s event – which for the first time saw the rapidly expanding Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo, featuring numerous AV and ADAS test solution providers, conveniently located next door in Hall 6 – welcomed more than 480 exhibitors and a record number of attendees over the full three days of the event.

There were also two free-to-attend Technology Demonstration Areas, a brand-new Powertrain Testing Conference (staged at the neighboring Engine Expo + The Powertrain Technology Show), plus the pay-to-attend Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium – further ensuring this year’s event was undoubtedly the biggest and best yet, in every way!

Thus, Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2019 saw more brand-new, cutting-edge test, evaluation and quality engineering technologies launched than ever before, as well as numerous exciting projects and investments announced live on the show floor.

These included an announcement from Konrad Technologies about a brand-new test method co-developed with simulator manufacturer and Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo exhibitor VI-grade.

The ‘DIL with Sensor Fusion Test’ comprises a VI-grade Driver-in-Motion 150 simulator fitted with real radar and camera sensors from Konrad Technologies to enable human drivers to experience SAE Level 3 ADAS functions, such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and more in the laboratory setting.

When asked why the two companies had chosen to announce the new development at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2019, Ram Mirwani, director of global business development – ADAS, Konrad Technologies, said: “Presenting the joint-development effort at this show provided the best platform to reach automotive engineers who understand the depth of the technology application and share our excitement.”

Another exclusive announcement made live on the show floor came from MTS Systems, which revealed it has commissioned a Flat-Trac Handling Roadway at the world-renowned Research Institute for Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS).

Designed to enable faster evaluation of vehicle performance during innumerable real-world driving scenarios, the Flat-Trac Handling Roadway’s multi-axial simulation system has been engineered to subject complete or partial vehicles to a full spectrum of maneuvers in controlled and repeatable laboratory settings.

Global warming remains a major issue for the automotive industry – one that is bigger than just emissions. Weiss Technik therefore presented a new refrigerant to replace R23 in deep-freeze testing chambers. Named WT69, the new refrigerant is the result of several years of development by Weiss Technik and Dresden University of Technology and is claimed to have 90% lower global warning potential than R23.

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