Ford Uses Robot Drivers To Test Vehicle Durability
The automaker has developed a system that allows for driverless execution of dangerous and repetitive stress tests.
American automaker, Ford, has become the first in its industry to institute a system of durability testing that relies not on human drivers but on robots to achieve a more efficient and consistent level of measurement regarding the reliability and endurance of its cars.
The company partnered with Utah based, Autonomous Solutions Inc, a robotics company focusing on unmanned vehicles, to develop the automotive industry's first robotic test driving program. The system eliminates the need to place drivers in the usually tedious, and sometimes dangerous, tasks that make up durability testing, while at the same time producing a more accurate data set along a shorter timeline.