Ford uses a giant robot to simulate ten years of use
As a company Ford is testing a car seat.
You sweat when you are sitting behind the wheel? If your car has leather seats and they have no built-in ventilation system, of course, that everyone faces the driver and passengers. Especially after a long trip. But have you ever wondered how our sweat affect the durability of car seats? Because excess moisture contributes to the rapid wear not only of the seat upholstery, but also its design. To know exactly how long the seat can withstand the load, the Ford company uses a robot called Sweaty Robutt, which is designed to test the seats.
These tests started in the past year, the European division of Ford. The first test subjected the seats of the car Ford Fiesta. Now, starting this year, this robot has seats all Ford cars produced for the European market.
The robot is designed to simulate the person who sits in a chair and out of the car, being wet from sweat. The Ford company has built a new robot based on a robot that is testing the seat in a dry condition.
As stated by the American company, both tests simulate ten years of use the seats, in order to understand what will happen to them after 10 years of operation of the machine. Wet test, for example, is three days. During this time, the robot “sits, jumps and turns” in the wet seat 7,500 times. And the seat is heated to 36 degrees Celsius.
As it happens, you can see in this video from Ford Europe:
Imagine that you every day after training for seven years you sit in your Ford. Can you imagine what kind of load gets the driver’s seat during this time? Now add to this high temperature and moisture. Agree, not every seat can withstand such a hostile environment. And in order to seat in the car lasts as long as possible, and created this unusual test.
Unfortunately, not all car brands are conducting similar tests.