"Some of the tests we do on our commercial trucks for North America are so strenuous that we limit the exposure time for human drivers," says Dave Payne, Manager, Vehicle Development Operations for Ford Motor Company. "The challenge is completing testing to meet vehicle development timelines while keeping our drivers comfortable."
Ford announced to the New York Times
this weekend the three-year long partnership they have had with ASI to perform driverless durability testing using vehicle robotics.
The technology is designed to help meet Ford's timeline and safety goals by robotically controlling new vehicle models on some of the most punishing durability test tracks Ford has to offer.