In the proving ground environment, car manufacturers engage in extensive durability and misuse testing.
They might jump a vehicle off a ledge, run it into a wall, or even run tests in which the vehicle rolls over—all to improve the safety of the vehicle for consumers.
The challenge is there is a clear limit to what you can test with a driver in the car. Though the ultimate buyer of the vehicle may misuse a car or truck in hundreds of imaginative ways, proving grounds need to keep the health and safety of their drivers in mind when they’re designing tests.
In fact, one of ASI’s customers recently had to shut down a ditch twist test the first day they started running it, after two test drivers endured neck injuries. Since then, they turned to ASI to automate their vehicle. They now run the test all the time, ultimately improving the safety of the vehicle itself.
Putting the robot in a vehicle opens the door for a proving ground to be very innovative in what kinds of tests they can write and run. To learn more about the capability of ASI’s proving ground solution, please enjoy the video.