A great many aspects of vehicle testing can be conducted using a VBOX data logger, from simple performance evaluation through to complex development of the latest ADAS applications. GPS log rates range from 10 Hz to 100 Hz, and there are options for single and dual antenna systems - ideal for vehicle dynamics testing. Differential GPS and RTK solutions allow for high positional accuracy, and inertial measurement integration increases the testing scope further.
VBOX GPS data logging solutions vary from the 10 Hz VBOX Mini, an easy to use but highly capable unit perfect for simple testing and lap timing; through the SX range which brings together survey-grade GPS engines and CAN Bus logging; to the VBOX 3i which logs at a true 100 Hz and forms the basis of the VBOX ADAS testing packages.
VBOX systems are employed in many types of testing: automotive, open-cast mining, motorsport, aviation, and collision forensics. Every major vehicle and tyre manufacturer in the world uses VBOX products.
If you are new to the product range and need advice as to which data logger best fits your requirements, please contact us with details of the kind of testing you intend to conduct.
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For those who need a high accuracy speed signal to augment an existing testing setup, the VBOX Speed Sensors connect via CAN, digital, or analogue interface to your own data logging equipment at between 5Hz and 100Hz. All Speed Sensors feature an IP66 billet aluminium enclosure and Deutsch motor sport style connector, and represent the ideal solution for those that require speed, position, braking distance, or acceleration data without the need for internal logging.
All Speed Sensors are compatible with our DGPS Base Station for increased positional accuracy, and the dual antenna variant adds slip and pitch/roll output at 100Hz.
Video Data Loggers
As well as capturing GPS and CAN data in the same way as a standard VBOX data logger, the Video VBOX also records GPS time synchronised video. This footage can be enhanced with a data driven graphic overlay, allowing for clear presentation of key test parameters.
Adding video to testing, validation, and development is a powerful method of both analysing and presenting your results. Many automotive ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) tests benefit from the addition of a Video VBOX data logger, configured to display vehicle separation values from both the GPS and vehicle readings, allowing for straightforward assessment of the technologies being developed.
The Video VBOX is very successful within motorsport, where it is used by a great many driving coaches and racing drivers in analysing their on-track performance.
Wireless communication between VBOX products often forms an essential part of our customer’s testing requirements. This may take the form of a Bluetooth connection to a tablet PC for live data output; for transmitting DGPS correction messages to a roving VBOX unit to obtain high positional accuracy; or for the exchange of GPS measurements from one VBOX to another in open-road testing during the development of a vehicle’s safety systems.
When choosing the correct telemetry system it is often necessary to speak to your VBOX distributor to determine which units will best suit your application – both in terms of range and bandwidth, and local laws governing radio transmission.
The range of VBOX input modules allows for data capture from test vehicles and increases the functionality of our data loggers. Analogue, frequency, CAN, and thermocouple signals are integrated into GPS data and a combination of module channels can be recorded simultaneously. Our Inertial Measurement module outputs pitch/roll and yaw data as well as providing a smoothed GPS velocity signal when used in unfavourable conditions.
VBOX output modules convert from one signal type to another for use by third party data loggers.
Input and output modules can be used in standalone form, for connection to equipment other than VBOX systems.
VBOX displays offer a variety of real time results feedback and unit setup. The advantage of using a display is the speed and convenience of altering test parameters or verifying data during the procedures themselves; sometimes the ability to abort a run, often only possible when in-vehicle viewing of data is available, can greatly reduce the amount of track time required.
VBOX displays range from full tablet PC, to LCD multifunction, to speed and lap timing units.
All VBOX data loggers and modules can be configured using the VBOX Setup software. Racelogic also offer an intuitive analysis software, VBOX Test Suite, which is accessible for all users from engineer to test driver, making the process of recording and analysing your test data as quick and easy as possible. VBOX File Processor is a software utility which has been designed to manipulate VBOX data files after they have been recorded. All software can be downloaded for free from our download page.
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ADAS & Autonomous
VBOX systems provide a simple and accurate way to test and validate Autonomous and Advanced Driver Assistance systems.
With real-time measurements of parameters from up to three vehicles and at less than 2 cm positional accuracy, the Racelogic VBOX ADAS testing system allows developers to easily verify the effectiveness of their products.
Customers like Honda, Nissan, GM, Autoliv, and Toyota use VBOX ADAS equipment to test their safety systems.
At the core of the system is the VBOX 3i RTK, connected via radio telemetry to an RTK Base Station, or to another VBOX 3i acting as a 'moving base'.
VBOX ADAS products allow for testing and validation of a recognised industry standards, such as ISO 15622 (Adaptive Cruise Control), ISO 15623 (Forward Collision Mitigation) and NCAP confirmation tests.
When it comes to measuring vehicle speed and acceleration, GPS is the most accurate way of getting results.
VBOX GPS data loggers and speed sensors have been market leaders in this area for many years and are used by a vast array of vehicle manufacturers for benchmarking and evaluation.
VBOX equipment is trusted in the automotive media as the standard method of car configuration and testing, with most publications and many television programmes employing a VBOX to present their conclusions.
RACELOGIC has led the way in high-accuracy brake testing for more than ten years
As advances in braking technology increase, performance improvement is narrowing. It is therefore essential that the measurement of braking distances can be carried out repeatably and with very high accuracy. Due to their high accuracy, flexibility, and ease of installation (they can be moved from vehicle to vehicle in minutes), VBOX GPS data loggers are used by every major automotive and tyre manufacturer in the world.
Conducting tests with a trigger ensures that the response time of the braking system is measured along with the performance of the tyres, brake pads, discs, and other components.
VBOX data loggers are often employed in conducting tests to various official standards, such as ECE regulation R90 and 13H, and FMVSS135.
Handling & Dynamics
The flexibility of VBOX, combined with custom regulation driven software, is the ideal solution for a variety of ride and handling tests.
Standard procedures for ESC, Centre Line Deviation, Lane Change, and Truck & Trailer testing can be conducted using VBOX data logging equipment along with our application-specific software.
VBOX equipment is often used in situations and for applications outside of the automotive testing sector. This includes areas as diverse as marine dynamics, collision investigation, forensic evidence gathering, military and defence programs, train dynamics and braking, and sport.
Essentially, if something moves and has a view to the sky, a VBOX can be used to log its speed, acceleration, and position. This can be as simple as measuring the g-forces of a train pulling out of a station, the performance of a downhill skier, or the lee and trim of a high-powered racing boat.
The world over, VBOX is accepted by authorities and governing bodies as equipment that produces reliable, accurate, and verifiable results.
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