For automakers, manufacturing vehicles that are safe is the number one priority. In order to evaluate the safety and reliability of cars and trucks, companies test their models on miles of tracks known as proving grounds.
Here, human drivers are often employed to subject automobiles to rigorous handling and varying conditions so engineers can assess the effects of different speeds, driving scenarios, and varying passenger loads.
But the human element of these durability and misuse tests comes with many disadvantages that, when removed, can optimize operations leading to faster results and direct cost savings.
The first advantage of replacing a human driver with robotics programmed with artificial intelligence is it increases safety on the tracks. There’s no individual who can be harmed performing high-risk exercises, decreasing the liability of automakers.
There are government regulations regarding the use of humans behind the wheel on proving grounds which can slow testing; these rules don’t come into play with an autonomous solution.
Humans require breaks and there are stiff safety regulations that dictate only one to three hours behind the wheel every twenty four hour period in many cases. On the other hand, robots can perform for an extended time period only needing to stop to refuel. And one of the most notable benefits of robotics is a more successful rate of repeatability that an individual just can’t match.
A Multi-Vehicle Control Platform
ASI’s Mobius for proving grounds is a multi-vehicle command and control platform that allows a single operator to oversee the operation of an entire fleet of automobiles. To accomplish this, vehicles are fitted with ASI’s Vehicle Automation Kit which includes our VCU (vehicle control unit) that communicates with Mobius.
The platform allows for the creation of custom paths to fit the parameters of desired tests, as vehicles can be programmed to accelerate, decelerate or perform any number of actions at precise locations. By fitting a beacon on non-autonomous vehicles, Mobius will recognize and account for them so both traditional and driverless vehicles can occupy a track at the same time.
Proven Results on Proving Grounds
Proving grounds using ASI’s Mobius technology see dramatically improved efficiency. One customer reported that tests with human drivers took 12 days to complete as a result of higher test failure rate due to human error, the restrictions of heavy safety regulations, and natural human fatigue requiring breaks. These same tests took robot drivers just five days to complete and logged high test ratings due to superior repeatability.
Car companies deploying ASI’s Mobius multi-vehicle autonomous technology for proving grounds enjoy faster, more accurate tests at reduced costs without putting a human driver in harm’s way.
Competitors’ solutions don’t allow the flexibility that Mobius provides in creating custom paths and events, which is why Ford, Toyota, FCA and Hyundai all rely on Mobius and ASI for durability and misuse testing. To learn more about the power and capability of Mobius, visit ASIrobots.com today!