Digital Twin & Data Activation

As vehicles are become increasingly electrified, automated and connected, the complexities in designing, developing and deploying next generation vehicles at production scale are skyrocketing.

Ricardo is capitalizing on the proliferation of embedded connectivity to establish a feedback loop from vehicles in operation to engineering teams that enable the following:

  • Improved designs
  • Reduced cost and time for development and deployment of new features
  • Efficient delivery of value throughout the operation of the vehicle – from production to end of life

To capitalize on the proliferation of vehicle connectivity, Ricardo is investing in advanced methods, tools and processes for enabling design, test and validation of mechanical and software systems to be performed in a virtual environment. This increases the rate at which changes and improvements are deployed while reducing the number and cost of physical builds. 

Couple Ricardo’s physics-based simulation and modeling capability with the escalation of vehicle connectivity and you have the digital twin – a virtual model of a physical reality through all phases of a product’s lifecycle.

Although the concept of a digital twin in automotive is not new, the ability to remotely extract critical vehicle data is. The digital twin capitalizes on connectivity advancements by leveraging real time performance and usage data to consistently inform the digital twin.  As the product evolves from concept and design, to manufacture and operation, so does the digital twin based on real time data.

Ricardo’s ultimate vision is to enable a vehicle system wide digital twin, where every component, as well as the communication and interfaces between components, is modeled.  Real time data collected from development and production vehicles will be leveraged to ensure the twins are exact replicas of the physical reality. Simulations will be coupled with data analytics, AI and machine learning techniques to model impacts of actual vehicle operation as well as predicted and simulated use improve designs and increase performance; reduce costs and streamline maintenance practices.

Data Activation

With more than a century of powertrain design and development expertise, Ricardo provides a clear path for effective and secure data activation by enlisting the right tools and domain-specific proficiency to provide context to data collected.  We also know what can fail and how.  So, we have solutions for capturing, cleansing and analyzing vehicle data, as well as leveraging data to predict and prevent unplanned failures.

From a product perspective, Ricardo offers:

  • Portfolios of vehicle systems modeling tools, purpose-built for the connected world and used in the design of most every recognizable vehicle brand on the planet
  • Military-grade targeted data collection solutions that eliminate “digital noise,” manage intermittent connectivity issues, and predict and prevent failures through cost optimized data collection
  • High fidelity data loggers for conditional, quality data collection to optimize synchronization with digital twins and reduce backend engineering analysis effort

Additionally, Ricardo quickly fix issues, with full traceability and transparency enabling our customers to minimize warranty costs, delays to potential product launches or the production line, and the burden on their product development teams.

Ricardo provides:

  • Flexible, collaborative, on-demand, full service for customers seeking everything from on-demand drawdown for specific discrete tasks through ownership of the whole warranty chain
  • Dedicated technical specialists who draw on cross-functional capability teams to solve complex puzzles
  • Independent experts to offer evidence-based solutions through in-depth test and analysis that identifies root causes and validation solutions

Finally, as a ground-breaking member of the Digital Twin Consortium, Ricardo North America is working with founding members Microsoft, Ansys, Dell, Lendlease and the rest of the consortium to improve interoperability of digital twin technologies, accelerate time to market and ROI for projects leveraging digital twins, and share the investment cost across the industry. 

Ricardo is one of the early innovators / “ground­breakers” in the Digital Twin Consortium founded by Ansys, Dell, Lendlease and Microsoft. The international partnership advances use of physics-based digital twin technology across multiple transportation / mobility industries—from aerospace to natural resources.

“Most definitions of digital twin are complicated, but it’s not a complicated idea. What makes a digital twin difficult is a lack of understanding and standardization. Digital Twin Consortium members—including Groundbreaker member Ricardo, who can share their industry expertise with other members—will develop and apply best practices to advance the use of digital twin technology across industries.”

—Dr. Richard Soley
Executive Director, Digital Twin Consortium