Robots become Ford’s new test pilots

Ford Europe unveils vehicle test robots. The new way of testing cars in extreme environmental conditions does not threaten the health of the human driver.

Ford has hired two robots as test pilots. Their task will be to test the company’s electric cars in extreme temperatures. The robots received names – one of them was named Shelby, in honor of Ford engineer Carroll Shelby, and the second – Miles, in honor of the racer Ken Miles.

Shelby and Miles will operate at Ford’s European Test Center. There is a special camera that allows you to simulate any weather conditions – from arctic cold to desert heat and from hurricane wind to thin high mountain air.

Despite the fact that robots are not very similar to human drivers, they can manipulate controls. On a static test bench, the robot’s foot reaches the accelerator, brake, and clutch pedals. At the same time, one hand adjusts the gear lever, while the other starts and stops the engine. Also “Shelby” and “Miles” can be programmed for different driving styles.

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Alexandr Ivanov earned his Licentiate Engineer in Systems and Computer Engineering from the Free International University of Moldova. Since 2013, Alexandr has been working as a freelance web programmer.
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