Fords Sweaty Robot Butt Tests Car Seat Durability

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Ford is prioritizing your bum for vehicle comfort and quality: The company just created a sweaty robot butt that can test car seat durability.In a YouTube video, Ford Europe unveiled its Sweaty Robutt, a robot butt that replicates a person sitting in a car after working out. The Sweaty Robutt can help Ford determine if its car seats are built to last, and make durability adjustments to future car models.Here’s how Ford’s ultimate “rear end” test works: First, a dummy bottom is connected to a Kuka robot. Next, the butt is heated to approximate human body temperature. According to Ford, the average person can generate up to 1.4 liters of sweat per hour when they workout. To replicate this scenario, Ford fed about half a liter of water through the dummy for a sweat-like texture. After these initial steps, the car seat is tested for durability.Ford created the Sweaty Robutt to ensure that car seats don’t break down from perspiration. During testing, the Sweaty Robutt sits on the seat 7,500 times, representing 10 years of car seat use. The test takes three days to complete, but it’s interesting to see how sweaty bottoms might impact a car seat’s appearance over time.More on Teases Photos of Its First Fully Electric VehicleYandex’s Self-Driving Car Is a High-Tech RideHyundai Unveils ‘Walking Car’ That Could Be Future of Disaster Responselast_img read more