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Automotive Engineering - Increasing the use of virtual simulation could help Jaguar Land Rover improve validation in vehicle development programmes

Streamlining vehicle development programmes is key to reducing cost, decreasing project length and, some argue, improving quality. To achieve those goals simulation tools are important, and Jaguar Land Rover aims to validate 100% of its systems by 2020, with the eventual target of doing everything in the virtual world, removing the need for physical prototypes.That will require a big leap, and some might laugh at the idea of not physically testing vehicles, but the firm is on the road to meeting its target, as Mark Stanton, director of vehicle engineering explains.