Real-time simulation of heavy-duty vehicles

Our TruckMaker simulation solution is specifically tailored to the requirements relevant for the development and testing of heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, construction vehicles, busses, semi-trucks, heavy-duty semi-trucks and special vehicles. TruckMaker enables the accurate modeling of real-world test scenarios in the virtual world and increases the agility of development processes. In accordance with the automotive systems engineering approach, virtual test driving with TruckMaker enables the seamless development, calibration, test and validation of entire systems across the whole vehicle in realistic scenarios.

Your benefits at a glance

High reliability

Proven solution with countless industry references and success stories

Reduction in physical testing

Highly realistic virtual test driving environment reduces expensive and time-consuming physical testing

Efficient process integration

Open integration platform with many supported standards and interfaces

Great usability

Intuitive GUI and numerous product examples to build upon

End-to-end workflows

Merger of simulation assets and tools to create and execute end-to-end development workflows

Seamless reusability

Seamless run of reliable and repeatable simulation and reuse of scenarios across development stages from MIL, SIL, HIL to VIL

Superior performance

Fast C/C++-based simulation core with highly efficient simulation models

Easy and rapid scalability

Scalable simulation environment with reference designs and working examples for HPC and cloud-based applications – ideal for CI/CD/CT

Rapid virtual prototyping

TruckMaker offers a high-performance, real-time capable vehicle model to build virtual prototypes already during early stages of the development process. Users have the option to replace components with their own models or hardware. By combining the virtual prototype with an adaptive driver model, a complex traffic model as well as a detailed road and environment model, automated and reproducible test are possible at any time. The well-structured user interface guarantees easy parameterization.

Realistic 3D visualization

Movie NX is the visualization tool in TruckMaker which enables a photorealistic simulation of scenarios. Thanks to the light and weather effects, real scenarios in the virtual world may take place at any time of day and during any season. Built-in camera models with HDR capability allow for realistic testing of camera systems. AI algorithms, used in automated driving functions for object detection for example, can be trained and validated through semantic segmentation. With the Video Interface Box X, the generated images can be transferred directly to the imager of the camera system.

3D Vizualisation with Movie NX truck on Autobahn
scalability of test scenarios

Flexible scalability

TruckMaker guarantees a smooth, stable and automated test process for seamless use in the areas MIL, SIL, HIL and VIL, and enables the parallel execution of test catalogs. Parallel computing can take place at a workstation, on HPC systems or in the cloud. Either the Test Manager integrated in CarMaker or the ScriptControl API, for remote control of the test automation via own scripts and tools, can be used in this process.

Data analysis and evaluation

TruckMaker offers a variety of possibilities for data analysis. On the one hand, greater amounts of data can be stored for subsequent analysis with third-party software. On the other hand, important data can be monitored directly during the test run with the integrated IPGControl tool. This tool also enables the comparison of data from multiple test runs. In addition, the extension Instruments provides access to all relevant instruments and information on the driver behavior (e.g. steering wheel angle, gear selection) and the status of the vehicle (e.g. ignition, turn signal lights).

IPG control GUI data analysis
interfaces, logos, car, truck, motorcycle

Interfaces and standards

Thanks to numerous standard interfaces and supported standard formats such as FMI and OpenDRIVE, TruckMaker can easily be integrated into existing tool chains. With a high number of own interfaces, for example to GT-Power, TruckMaker itself can also be utilized as a central integration platform. The openness of TruckMaker wil continue to be extended in the future to further simplify the integration of virtual test driving into individual company-specific processes.

Events, webinars, training courses

Do you want to find out more about TruckMaker? Would you like to speak with one of our experts? Take a look at the overview of our current webinars and training courses and see where you can meet our experts. 


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