‘Robutt’, the new test dummy that will mimic a human bottom to ensure long lasting car seats

Engineers used pressure maps to establish a “perch pattern”, the data enabling them to test the wear and tear of materials

By: | Published: October 28, 2017 4:07 PM

Car manufacturers invest huge chunks of money in research and development of say, aerodynamics or safety or part reliability. Speaking of which no one had so far thought of longevity of the seats. Hence comes in Robutt, a robot that has been created to move like a human bottom and perfectly simulates how drivers and passengers get in and out of their car seats. Engineers used pressure maps to establish a “perch pattern”, the data enabling them to test the wear and tear of materials using the robotic bottom to mimic the most common paths.

“From the first moment we get into a car, the seat creates an impression of comfort and quality. Previously, we used pneumatic cylinders that simply moved up and down. With the ‘Robutt’, we are now able to replicate very accurately how people really behave,” said Svenja Froehlich, a durability engineer, at Ford’s European HQ, in Cologne, Germany.

Watch Robutt simulate ten years of driving in just three weeks:

Based on an average-sized large man, the Robutt was used to simulate ten years of driving in just three weeks as part of testing for the new Fiesta – sitting down and getting up 25,000 times. The new test is now being rolled out for all Ford vehicles in Europe.

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