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Automotive Engineering - Jaguar, Exa say simulation can eliminate prototype development vehicles by 2020

Finding the right ratio of "emphasis" (aka "compromise") between design and engineering priorities long has been part of the enduring magic behind the conception and creation of vehicles.

Today's increasingly advanced CAD and CAE software solutions have arguably eased this tension and reduced the longstanding conflict to more of a mere tussle, but now it's going a step further: Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and its close partner, simulation-software expert Exa, say design software has become so sophisticated that by 2020 they can eliminate the need to build physical prototypes of a new vehicle under development.