Ford is using autonomous robotic technology to test durability of the upcoming Transit lineup.

Ford is using autonomous robotic technology to test durability of the upcoming Transit lineup.

The vehicles are "piloted" by robots at the Michigan Proving Grounds test facility and thanks to this technology Ford can do more durability tests in a single day. In addition, they also can develop more challenging tests which wouldn't be safe in case there was a person driving the prototype.

This latest technology is the work of Autonomous Solutions from Utah and can be described as a pre-programmed course the vehicles have to follow, while their location is tracked by GPS and cameras which are being closely monitored from a central control room. Even though this route is pre-established, the robotic control module takes care of acceleration, steering and breaking to maintain the test prototypes on course.

Further details can be found in the attached press release.

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