Extending Vehicle Physics Pro #
VPP can be extended in several ways without modifying the source code.
Add-on components #
You can write Unity components deriving from
VehicleBehaviour instead of MonoBehaviour. The
life cycle in these components (initialization, release, update) is bound to the vehicle they belong
to. Also, you can place them anywhere in the hierarchy of the vehicle and enable/disable them
anytime. Most of VPP components are already implemented this way.
Add-ons use the protected property vehicle to reference the VehicleBase vehicle they belong to.
Then they may use the API exposed by
VehicleBase and/or the vehicle's Data Bus.
Custom vehicles #
The standard vehicle controller (
VPVehicleController) implements the most common vehicle types.
However, you can write a custom vehicle controller by writing a class that inherits from
VehicleBase. This way you car implement non-standard or unconventional vehicles not supported
by the standard vehicle controller component, such as electric or hybrid multi-motor cars.
Put it simple, VehicleBase implements the chassis and the wheels of the vehicle. You can then add
functional components or Blocks arranged in any number and combination, then connect their
outputs to the wheels. Engine, gearbox, differential, clutch, steering, etc are all Blocks you may
use (or not) in your custom vehicle.
VPVehicleController is already a
class with the typical components arranged in standard vehicle layouts.
Custom blocks #
If you need to simulate functional parts not included in VPP then you may implement your own custom parts or Blocks and use them in your custom vehicle controller.
For example, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) may be easily implemented as custom block.
Advanced events #
VehicleBase exposes some advanced event handlers launched at specific stages of the simulation
cycle. These are intended for implementing very specific advanced functionalities within custom
add-on components. They shouldn't be needed in most cases.
For example, the
VPReplay component makes use of these events for recording the vehicle state
and tweak the simulation during the replay.