Ann Arbor’s Mechanical Simulation Corp. Acquired by California Firm

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CarSim (pictured) is the flagship product from Mechanical Simulation Corp. in Ann Arbor, which was acquired by Applied Intuition Inc. // Courtesy of Mechanical Simulation Corp.
CarSim (pictured) is the flagship product from Mechanical Simulation Corp. in Ann Arbor, which was acquired by Applied Intuition Inc. // Courtesy of Mechanical Simulation Corp.

Applied Intuition Inc., a simulation and software tools provider for autonomous vehicles (AV) development, has acquired Ann Arbor’s Mechanical Simulation Corp. known for its flagship product CarSim, which provides accurate and realistic predictions of real-world vehicle behavior.

“I’m proud to welcome the Mechanical Simulation team to the Applied family,” says Qasar Younis, co-founder and CEO of Applied Intuition. “CarSim is a pillar in the dynamics community. Autonomous vehicle engineers know that accurate and realistic vehicle dynamics models are critical to creating simulations that are reflective of the real world.”

Mechanical Simulation supports more than 200 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers as well as hundreds of universities and government research groups worldwide. Its other products include TruckSim, BikeSim, and SuspensionSim.

“Mechanical Simulation has spent decades building its category-leading vehicle dynamics technology and its unparalleled expertise in the space,” says Younis. “On top of that, many of our customers use CarSim and TruckSim in conjunction with our core simulator, Simian. This acquisition is a natural next step to strengthen the collaboration between our products and support our customers and partners more deeply.”

Mechanical Simulation’s precise vehicle dynamics models will complement Applied’s autonomy simulation offerings. Through the acquisition, the two teams aim to provide the world’s most capable and accurate simulation and validation tools for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and AV development. The products make it possible to analyze vehicle performance in complex simulated environments and validate the safety of any ADAS or AV system.

“We’re excited to join forces with Applied Intuition to deliver on the mission of providing industry-leading development tools for autonomy engineers,” says Mike Sayers, co-founder, CEO, and CTO of Mechanical Simulation. “Our customers and partners will continue to be able to use our products in exactly the same way. But by working together, our two companies will also be able to offer a complete solution that will support full workflows for our customers and partners.”

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