Horiba has launched a new virtual-based solution to Real Driving Emissions (RDE) development – which the company claims could save businesses up to $17 million in prototype vehicle requirements alone.
Launched globally, the RDE+ is a ‘road to rig’ solution when combined with virtual-domain simulation and validation, enables RDE development to be completed more quickly and accurately than before.
The launch coincides with a new white paper commissioned by Horiba which reveals the growing business case for the virtualisation of RDE powertrain development.
According to the study, conducted by Frost & Sullivan, virtualising RDE testing could help automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) reduce their prototype vehicle requirements up to 75% by replacing on-road testing with more efficient development in the laboratory.
Steve Whelan, Global Development and Application Centre Leader, Horiba explained that this could result in savings of up to $17 million per vehicle programme, “Manufacturers are juggling multiple challenges – emissions reductions, electrification and future mobility, all while remaining competitive. In order to provide a more efficient and cost-effective approach to RDE development, we’ve developed RDE+.
“As demonstrated by our powerful research, this comes as the commercial case for virtual RDE development has never been more compelling – helping OEMs to save up to $17m in prototype reductions on each programme. This is not to mention the cost savings to be had, potentially millions, in development time reductions.”
The launch comes at a pivotal time for the global automotive industry as it seeks to meet the future technology challenge while recovering from the impact of Covid-19. The report estimates RDE requirements have increased testing times threefold, given the impact of the Covid-19 on businesses.
Steve highlights the growing need for a more agile approach to product development, “Virtual validation will play a lead role in this, enabling products to be developed quicker and better – essentially doing more with less. As demonstrated by RDE+, with benefits that include reduced prototype requirements, increased confidence and huge cost savings – it will ensure they stay in the fast lane.”