AVL CRUISE is used to perform vehicle simulation and powertrain analysis. It is designed to develop and optimize low emission engines, reliable powertrains, and sophisticated control systems of engines, cooling, and transmission systems. CRUISE supports the engineer during the whole engine and vehicle development process in standard applications, such as fuel economy and full load acceleration tests, hill climbing performance and traction diagrams, as well as computational concept studies including the mechanical, electrical, thermal, and control system. This integrated solution makes simultaneous engineering in the development process possible, which is the basis for reducing development times and costs.
CRUISE is applied by OEMs of different vehicle types, such as passenger cars, trucks, two-wheelers, special-purpose vehicles, and component suppliers (e.g. engine, gear box, tire) for the automotive industry. CRUISE provides interfaces with MATLAB and Simulink through a DLL created by Simulink Coder or through a MATLAB API. The MATLAB API interface enables the user to run Simulink in the background and use scopes as well as variable time step integration methods.