Ford Teams with ASI to Develop Durability Testing Robots
Ford announced to the New York Times this weekend the three-year long partnership they have had with ASI to perform driverless durability
"[Ford is] trying to put thousands of miles of abuse on the vehicle as fast as possible so it really beats up on the system," said Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions, Inc. "It takes the durability to a whole new level."
The testing robots are
Inside the 2014 Ford Transit van, the durability robot hums and whirs as it guides the van across brutal durability obstacles.
hydraulic actuators that perform basic driving functions, such as changing gears, steering, accelerating, and braking. Durability testing requirements state that no special modifications be made
While the primary reason for robotic testing is to preserve the health of test drivers, Ford has identified several additional benefits from their vehicle automation program. “Robotic testing allows us to accelerate durability testing while simultaneously increasing the productivity of our other programs by
A single operator can control multiple unmanned vehicles from a Mobius commmand station.
The durability testing robots receive commands from ASI's command and control software system, Mobius.
“We’re very excited to work with Ford for autonomous vehicle testing,” said Torrie. “The reliability, durability and performance enhancements we’ve developed with Ford will
It can be a bumpy ride inside the autonomous test vehicle, but that's due to the rugged obstacles the vehicle must drive over.