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02.07.2012

Mobius: Fleet Monitoring for Durabillity Testing

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Related topics: Automotive · Mobius™
For automotive durability testing, human drivers are given well over a dozen test procedures to execute accurately and repetitively as they try to put years of wear and tear on a vehicle in just a few weeks. Test procedures require them to drive a given test course at a specific set of speeds, engage the transmission, throttle, brakes, and steering in specific sequences, at certain RPMs, and for a specified duration. Currently there are no real accountability or feedback options to determine if the tests were carried out correctly.

Autonomous Solutions Inc (ASI) is changing the way durability testing is done. By request from a major OEM, ASI is currently working to create a new version of Mobius™ for use in fleet monitoring.

This new version will leverage ASI's extensive experience with vehicle automation to monitor all critical vehicle functions including transmission state, brake and throttle position, RPM, and steering wheel position. Additionally, full remote access to the on-board computer will allow for monitoring and logging of other vehicle functions.


With Mobius, fleet supervisors at test facilities will be able to easily get reports on all tests performed, comparing the actual results to the test specifications. In addition to summary reports, event-based alerts can be set up to notify supervisors immediately when certain conditions are met, or the performance of a driver can be monitored in real-time.

Creating test routines can be done in several easy ways. Test engineers can simply drive a test sequence and have Mobius record everything they do.

The system will then monitor how closely other drivers conform to the pre-recorded routine. Alternately a test could be created manually by entering parameters into Mobius or by modifying a recorded test.

While Mobius can be used strictly as a monitoring device for fleet operations, the same system can be used to command a fully autonomous vehicle fleet, removing the human element completely. This not only protects human drivers from dangerous testing procedures, but also ensures that tests are carried out exactly as specified, 24/7.