10.06.2020

PTV Group announces partnership agreement with 3D VR Simulation Specialists FORUM8

London,Tokyo, 6/10/2020. PTV Group, the global leader in mobility and transport planning solutions has announced a technology partnership agreement with FORUM8 the specialist developer of photo-realistic 3D virtual reality software.

The new partnership brings together FORUM8’s real-time interactive 3D VR simulation and modelling software, VR-Design Studio (aka UC-win/Road) used throughout the world by urban and transport planning authorities, with PTV Vissim, the industry’s most advanced and flexible traffic simulation software.

VR Design Studio is used to create 3D virtual reality models of the target urban network that can be seamlessly imported into the PTV solution. Data of the driven vehicle is passed from VR-Design Studio to the software in real time in which the traffic simulation calculations are made.

The results of these calculations are then reflected in interactive 3D by VR-Design Studio with the surrounding vehicles and traffic signals to accurately visualise the simulated traffic patterns in the VR cityscape and road network. Completed micro-simulation analysis scenarios can then be viewed in 3D and discussed interactively by the relevant stakeholders and planning authorities in a networked environment or via FORUM8’s Cloud platform.

In addition to working to improve urban mobility and the transport landscape the combination of the PTV Group and FORUM8 software, will also help cities, companies and communities save time and money, enhance road safety and minimise the impact on the environment of noise pollution and CO2 emissions.

Commenting for FORUM8, Western General Manager, Dr. Brendan Hafferty said “The availability of the VR Design Studio API significantly enhances the functionality of PTV Vissim and enables mobility and transport consultants to present all stakeholders with a traffic impact assessment in an interactive 3D VR representation of their built environment. This is a major and growing requirement across the world as cities and countries work towards improving the problem of traffic congestion as well as meeting their de-carbonisation targets. We are looking forward to working closely with PTV to jointly promote the new partnership to existing and future users of each other’s technology.”

Commenting for PTV Group, Product Manager, Dr. Jochen Lohmiller said: “Decision makers expect realistic visualizations of future infrastructure changes. We are glad to partner with Forum8 to bring PTVs realistic vehicle and pedestrian movements into Forum8s 3D VR visualization of cityscapes and road networks.” 

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PTV. The Mind of Movement

PTV Group takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic, transport and logistics to create and promote sustainable mobility. Recognised as global market leader, PTV develops intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management. Thus cities, companies and people save time and money, enhance road safety and minimise the impact on the environment. Based on its unique expertise in every facet of mobility, PTV ensures that people and goods arrive at their destinations safe and sound, and on time.

More than 2,500 cities deploy PTV products. Trips and routes for over one million vehicles are planned with our software. The European transport model, which encompasses all passenger transport and freight movements in Europe, is developed using PTV software. We currently have approximately 900 colleagues worldwide committed to driving the high performance of our products. PTV’s headquarters, located in the heart of the Karlsruhe technology region, house the company’s centre of development and innovation. From here, PTV plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide – it's the central idea which has accompanied the Group since its foundation in 1979.

The PTV business is managed worldwide in six regions: Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, MENA (Middle East, Africa, India), Asia Pacific, Americas.

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PTV Group cooperates with the 3D VR Simulation Specialists FORUM8

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About FORUM8

FORUM8 is the leading Japanese producer of state-of-the-art 3D Simulation software. Its premier product, VR-Design Studio (also known as UC-win/Road), is at the forefront of Interactive 3D VR simulation and modelling technology. Established in 1987, this award-winning company has offices and partners on every continent and is a member of the ITE and an associate of the TRB visualization group.

VR-Design Studio is the ideal solution for all urban and transport planning/design projects, as well as driving simulation, interactive visualisation of rail, road and pedestrian-based events, and in the development of emergency planning/training scenarios. www.forum8.com