Monday, June 17, 2013
Ford Using Robots to Improve "Built Ford Tough" Durability Testing of its Trucks
• Ford is first automaker to develop robotic technology that drives vehicles during new accelerated high-impact on-road and off-road durability testing
• Robotically driven vehicles ideally suited for durability test conditions that could prove too taxing for human drivers
• New technology used to ensure Ford trucks, including the all-new Transit van family, are Built Ford Tough
DEARBORN, Mich., June 15, 2013 – Ford engineers have developed the industry's first robotic test driving program – now in use at the company's Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich. – to meet demands that Ford trucks undergo ever more strenuous Built Ford Tough testing with greater frequency.
The pilot program has been used most recently for durability testing of Ford's all-new full-size Transit van, which launches in 2014.