Leading automotive companies worldwide rely on Modelon products and expertise for a wide range of applications, from performance improvements of Formula 1 cars to reducing fuel consumption for heavy vehicles. Modelon is well-represented in the following industry segments:

  • Car and light trucks
  • Race cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Automotive industry suppliers
  • Trucks and buses
  • Other transportations, such as trains


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Active Safety and Limit Handling

Modelon has comprehensive experience in reproducing and predicting the impact of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on vehicle dynamic behavior using simulation and testing. Our engineers provide models, often based on the Vehicle Dynamics Library, as well as services and training to automotive OEMs around the world. Read more.


Aside from the driver's skills and the team's ability to respond to live on-track challenges, success in motorsports is defined by configuration management: Determining the best configuration to achieve maximum performance in how a vehicle behaves and responds to the driver, competitors and on-track and weather-related conditions. Read more.

Real-time and Simulators

Driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulation is used extensively among the F1 teams and NASCAR manufacturers and is becoming more widespread among automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.  Modelon's Vehicle Dynamics Library allows vehicle models with more than 150 degrees of freedom to be deployed in driver-in-the-loop simulators. Suspensions are modeled in detail, including individual bushings and other deformable components.  Read more.

Vehicle Thermal Management

Design engineers in the automotive industry often face complex, multi-domain interactions between the vehicle's physical and control systems, especially when it comes to vehicle thermal management. Whether it's an analysis of cabin or engine thermal management or another of those endless studies on  fuel efficiency, automotive engineers can benefit from a model-based system engineering (MBSE) approach using Dymola and Modelica libraries. Read more.

Hybrid and Future Vehicles

Hybrid technology provides great potential for new engineering solutions, but design engineers need to focus on the right opportunities. Modelon's proven expertise in the multi-engineering capabilities of Modelica and Dymola provide a strong platform for hybrid vehicle modeling and simulation. Read more.

Tire Modeling and Simulation

The Modelica Delft-Tyre Interface makes industry-standard tire models from TNO available for Modelica tools. The interface works with the widely recognized and extensively validated MF-Tyre and MF-Swift models for vehicle dynamics handling and ride analysis. Read more.

Multi-Domain Vehicle Dynamics Simulation

Battery electric and hybrid electric drives will be a prominent feature of future cars. Increasingly, subsystems such as the steering and braking systems will be based on electric power supply. This leads to new challenges as well as opportunities in the field of vehicle dynamics. Read more.

Engine Cooling

Modelon's engine design tools are used to predict all types of cooling conditions, including those in extreme situations. Many of our customers push their cars to the limit, often at high temperatures, and they rely on Modelon's expertise to maximize their cooling performance.

Fuel consumption and emissions

Modelon has developed models that are successfully used to design and tune engine control systems virtually. 

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Embedded Controls Development

Virtual development of controls requires dependable physical models, tools to support development, and highly automated testing, and traceability tools to document and connect all artifacts of the development process.

When these controls are safety-critical - involving regulations like SAE 26262 - they require a traceable, auditable and fully documented process. Modelon delivers the key cornerstones for this process:

Air Spring Design and Tuning

The size and weight of vehicles that use multiple-axle, air-spring systems make real-life prototype testing expensive and risky. Modelon provides the tools (including the Hydraulics and Pneumatics libraries), skills and experience to help customers develop multi-domain models that simulate realistic operating conditions for spring components and the vehicle as a whole. Overall safety and performance of the vehicle can then be tested in a safe simulation environment before design even begins.