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HVE and HVE-2D Version 7.1 Available December 2009
(updated December 22 2009)

Status of Version 7.10
- - Now Available

Actual Release Date - - December 22, 2009

Version 7.1 will be available in December 2009. This release is the fourth update for 2009 and contains many new features and capabilities designed to help safety researchers and accident reconstructionists. The Fall 2009 edition of the EDC Technical Newsletter introduced several of the new features in Version 7.1, including:

3D Viewers Option for HVE-2D - HVE-2D users will now have the option to upgrade to HVE-2D+. This option converts the regular HVE-2D viewers to those used by HVE, allowing the user to position the camera anywhere and look everywhere in a 3D world. This also allows HVE-2D+ users to easily work with ground level views and target-following cameras, such as those used for displaying the driver's view of an impending crash. Special Introductory Pricing is now being offered for HVE-2D users to upgrade to HVE-2D+. For details, contact EDC Sales or call 503.644.4500.

The new 3-D viewers option allows the camera to be easily positioned anywhere, such as providing an oblique view of the EDSMAC4 chain reaction collision simulation shown above.

Hydroplaning Simulation - For the first time, a hydroplaning model has been integrated into a vehicle dynamics model so the effect on vehicle handling behavior may be directly observed! The HVE Hydroplaning Model has been implemented for both SIMON and EDSMAC4. The new HVE Hydroplaning Model allows the user to select from several industry standard methods, such as NASA (Borne) and Gallaway. The Technical Session of the Fall 2009 newsletter discusses the background and also provides an overview describing how to use this exciting new capability.

In this SIMON simulation studying the effects of hydroplaning on vehicle handling, a Nissan Pathfinder is traveling at 55 mph around a slight curve on a downhill grade. The new HVE Hydroplaning Model in Version 7.1 calculates the reduction of tire-roadway friction at each tire contact patch as the Nissan passes through the standing water.

Using Aerial or Google Earth Images - Users can now quickly use aerial photos or Google Earth maps as their environment models. The enhanced Environment Information dialog allows the user to enter the dimensions of their image and then automatically builds a scaled surface with their selected image applied as a texture. It's that easy!

The new Aerial Photo dialog allows the user to quickly identify the size of the surface required for their selected image. In the example shown above, the user has set the dimensions to 540 feet by 440 feet. The resulting surface is displayed in the Environment Editor.

New Vehicles in Vehicle Database - The following table identifies the vehicles that have been added since the last update:

Year Range
Audi A4
2005 - 2009
Audi TT
2000 - 2006
Jeep Liberty
2002 - 2008

Additional information about Version 7.10 will be posted to this page as it becomes available. Please check back regularly!

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