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Shelby & Miles: Ford’s Robot Test Drivers

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It is no secret that car manufacturers are using robots in their factories to increase operational efficiency. Ford is using robots to test its vehicles. Shelby & Miles are designed to test vehicles in challenging simulated conditions.

Ford’s Weather Factory is used to simulate a wide range of extreme conditions. The above mentioned robots can handle temperatures form -40C to 80C. They can be programmed to simulate different driving styles. As Ford explains:

The robot test driver’s legs extend to the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals, with one arm positioned to change gear and the other used to start and stop the engine.

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