£31m boost for driver simulation technology

£31m boost for driver simulation technology

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By Nick Flaherty

AB Dynamics in the UK has acquired simulator specialist Ansible Motion for £31.2m (€35.6m)  as part of a new simulation division that will be a market leader.

Ansible Motion will become part of the Group’s simulation portfolio supplying advanced simulation products and services to the automotive and motorsport industries. Ansible Motion will sit alongside the newly formed AB Simulation division (responsible for the Advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator (aVDS) product range) and rFpro (market-leading simulation software provider) which was acquired in 2019.

The deal consists of a £19.2m initial payment to its three shareholders, Kia Cammaerts, Jonathan Walker and Robert Stevens and a £12m payment subject to meeting certain performance targets. Cammaerts and Stevens will remain in the business as Technical Director and Chief Engineer respectively.

“This acquisition will significantly benefit our customers by providing a broader range of products and services to enable the development of better and safer vehicles, quicker and more cost-effectively,” said Dan Clark, Managing Director of AB Simulation. “We will supply complete end-to-end simulation solutions comprising hardware, software, application and use-case consultancy, training and aftermarket support. We are now positioned to be market leaders in the sector.”

AB Dynamics is an automotive test system supplier with a diverse range of track and lab testing equipment based in Bradford-on-Avon in the UK. It supplies the 25 most successful car manufacturers in the world.

Ansible Motion in Hethel, Norwich, develops the Delta series dynamic simulator, the Sigma series static simulator and the compact, portable Theta series simulator. These are used for the development of a range of ground vehicle applications, including ADAS, autonomy, motorsport, chassis, powertrain, human factors, Human-Machine Interface (HMI), noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), steering systems and tyres.

“AB Dynamics’ acquisition of Ansible Motion marks an exciting and pivotal moment, and we are delighted to become a part of the AB Dynamics family,” said Kia Cammaerts, Technical Director of Ansible Motion. “It’s a remarkable fit. Both companies have always shared a common vision: to provide superlative tools for automotive product development work. Now, we’ll be joining forces to better serve automotive customers worldwide, with broader and deeper offerings. Ansible Motion will continue to focus on the development of the world’s most immersive Driver-in-the-Loop simulation technologies, propelled further by the business and technical expertise of one of the world’s most trusted suppliers of automotive test systems and services.”;

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