BMW Group

Germany Brand: SIMULIA
Industry: Transportation & Mobility

Moving toward Zero-Prototyping for Automotive Passive Safety

The Challenge

Automakers today face unprecedented pressures to meet and exceed ever-changing crashworthiness standards while responding to consumer demands, higher gas mileage requirements and complex, new materials. How they respond to these challenges directly impacts their bottom line.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Working closely with SIMULIA over almost a decade, BMW Group’s R&D team developed a simulation program, based on Abaqus FEA, that moved them towards a stated corporate goal of zero-prototyping for passive safety.


Such a simulation-driven strategy yields significant savings in both costs and product development time. The engineering team now has a comprehensive view of component and full-car behavior during crash scenarios and confidence in the accuracy of their simulations. The launch of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé marks the first car platform for which zero-prototyping was accomplished for passive safety.