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dwbuddy
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 1:51:47 PM

Even in an era where most large automakers have a supercomputer available to help design vehicles, there's still no alternative to putting hundreds of thousands of miles on a new model to shake out glitches before it goes on sale. That has always meant a cadre of bleary-eyed test drivers who work endless hours running laps on proving grounds — until Ford came up with a way to have its vehicles test themselves through robotics that don't need caffeine.

Ford says it developed its new system, a first in the industry, in part because the tests for some of its truck models had grown so strenuous they posed a danger to drivers who ran them too frequently. All automakers have similar tracks with everything from gravel to speed bumps to pothole-strewn pavement that can mimic years of wear in a fe
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remay
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:19:13 PM

Hmmm, don't the know about google and driverless vehicles???
52MPG
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:47:17 PM

one more step to automated driver cars.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:12:27 AM

Interesting.

Off topic but the dash in the first picture looks horrible.
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:28:20 AM

Leads to designs that will be undriveable by humans.
txequitygas
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:12:00 AM

go ford!
andy1024
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:15:49 AM

Makes sense.
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:28:33 PM

Don't want no dummy driving my truck.
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:38:18 PM

Test drive's most like not have to do the tests more than a little.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:23:33 PM

If a test driver can't handle it I don't want it.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:24:50 PM

The only problem with this is when the robots start driving OFF the test track for some free-spirited driving and going to the golf course.
skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:02:47 PM

will these trucks even see a human before the showroom floor?
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 5:49:18 PM

Be careful, the robots may go rogue and decide to unionize. I mean no rest period, meal break, vacation, sick leave, medical benefits,retirement benefits or overtime is slave labor and totally unacceptable.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 5:36:31 PM

Enlist all they like they will never get me onboard
kag2010
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 4:04:14 PM

interesting
thizben
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:59:52 PM

interesting
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:55:05 PM

why not just remote control ?
MN1
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:30:08 PM

Another way to cut costs in the long run.
Fleabite44
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:19:10 PM

The driver may have lost a job, but the robot also produces jobs - a company to build it and others to maintain it in working condition.
Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:58:57 PM

An another technology improvement that replaces the human element.
Zuegma
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:33:18 PM

Repetitive "in depth" QA/QC is better performed by robotic systems. It can allow years worth of testing faster and with more effective documentation. Just like flight simulators can save lives and costs, comparable systems can avoid massive 'years down the road' fault detection and the huge costs of recalls.
It might require a few less drivers but it's likely to need more technicians to manage & ensure the continuity of the testing.
And it's not a "carte blanche" to eliminate future drivers.
Rhino8of8
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:13:49 PM

More robots taking people's jobs.
OK, I was just kidding on that.

Robots used to do the testing that causes injury to human testers. Yeah, that's a good idea.
Hope those jobs are now doing other testing that isn't so hard on the body rather than standing in the unemployment line.

[Edited by: Rhino8of8 at 6/17/2013 2:14:46 PM EST]
naspa
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:11:56 PM

Good ideas are a million a dime.
SycamoreISU
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:05:54 PM

While I appreciate the concern for driver safety, the real-life wear will not be created by robots. Perhaps it's time to re-think the tests instead.
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:00:26 PM

go for it!
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 1:57:31 PM

please.
dwbuddy
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 1:55:24 PM

This will become common place in the next few years into all types of manufacturing and research areas.
TonyC0628
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 1:55:16 PM

The future is interesting, soon we won't need to drive ourselves.
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