"...our only objective was to create a solution that allows for this type of intense off-road testing that could take our vehicles to the most extreme limits of their engineering while ensuring the safety of all involved."
Manager of Vehicle Development Operations Ford Motor Company
Robotic Durability & Misuse Testing
Leverage robotic hardware and software for durability and misuse test events.
Nav is a system of electro-mechanical components that convert a test vehicle from manual to robotic control. Testers can quickly install or remove Nav with few, if any, modifications to the vehicle itself.
Experience Mobius, the world's most advanced command & control software system for proving ground automation. Testers can create and execute detailed testing events that coordinate multiple unmanned and manned vehicles in the same location or at various locations around a proving ground. Choreograph vehicle interactions, monitor vehicle health, gather test data, and execute accurate, repeatable test events from one software system.
Proving Ground Automation
ASI's universal automation technology has been used to automate most consumer vehicle types for testing, including: sedans, trucks, SUVs, and vans.
Each unmanned test vehicle is equipped with a series of hardware and software components that permit a user to toggle between manual and robotic control. Once installed, a remote operator has control over the critical vehicle functions of ignition, transmission, steering, braking, and acceleration. The automotive vehicle kit is designed for fast installation and removal and is durable enough to withstand testing across many test vehicles.
Sensors collect environmental info and relay it to the onboard VCU to give awareness to the automation system. Compatible with the Mobileye® camera system.
ASI’s patented VCU computer is the brain in the vehicle. It Communicates with the sensors and controls the vehicle. It also relays info between the vehicle, server, and Mobius.
Universal actuators are placed in the vehicle to communicate with the VCU so that vehicle operations can be controlled safely and accurately. In by-wire vehicles no actuators are needed, as the VCU integrates with vehicle controls directly.
Advanced Path Planning
Use advanced path-generating algorithms in Mobius to generate complex testing events with full control over all vehicle functions. Create accurate, repeatable scenarios involving sharp turns, quick acceleration or braking, and other critical test variables. Proving ground test engineers can use Mobius to create vehicle events at specific locations on the path and gather data for event analysis.
Creates a drivable path that can be customized to match testing needs and course routes.
Execute actions at a specific point in a path. Functions include: acceleration, deceleration, stop, wait, lane change, variable force braking, roll over, and more...
Vehicles can be tasked to run routes as many times as needed. No need to switch drivers out due to hazardous road conditions, fatigue, and driver breaks.
Robotic Automation Benefits
Variability Between Human Drivers vs. ASI’s High Precision Robotic Kit
This data was taken from real proving ground durability tests and highlight the variability between human drivers and the variability between ASI robot drivers.
Four vehicles of the same model were subject to a standard durability test cycle. Two of the vehicles were driven by two different drivers. The other two vehicles were driven by two different ASI robot drivers. Each vehicle was fitted with an accelerometer measuring force in a single axis. The charts below plot the measurements made on the four trials at that same point.
Enjoy greater productivity and economies of scale as single operators can control multiple unmanned vehicles.
A robotic automation kit costs much less than trained durability drivers operating the same vehicle.
The Frequency Response and Histogram charts at left highlight the reduced variability between robot drivers when compared to similar data from human drivers. Robot drivers allow for much more consistent application of your drive cycles to your prototype vehicles.
Tests being repeated more consistently by robotic drivers mean the integrity of that data increases due less variability in the results.
In results from proving grounds that were conducting tests performed by ASI robotic kits, they were able to complete a series of tests in about half the time that it would take human drivers to complete that same series of tests. With robotic drivers, there is no need for regulated brakes or switching drivers out.
Safety & Stamina
The ASI automation kit is rugged enough to withstand any harsh durability test, and repeat it over and over again without any need to stop. A robotic automated durability test vehicle can run for as long as its fuel tank will allow. Robotic drivers can be used in tests that are not suitable for humans.
Automate Any Durability Test
Supported Testing Types:
Durability / Mileage Accumulation
Stability Roll Over Tests
Braking Systems (ABS/Regenerative) on wet surfaces