A driving robot to create more R&D man hours


A new driving robot for vehicle testing, the ADS EVO, has been launched by Horiba. The robot is intended to improve the efficiency of vehicle testing by reducing the number of repeat tests, laboratory operating costs, overall test time and the amount of human errors.

The robot is designed to address the growing industry needs for testing connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) vehicles, which adds additional development work to R&D projects. Horiba says the robot can help reduce workloads by helping make more man-hours available for vehicle testing.

“The test driver workforce has been decreasing and the requirements for chassis testing has been increasing,” said Kazuki Furukawa, global product owner of ADS EVO. “Our goal at Horiba is to enable customers to maintain development schedules by delivering products that contribute to running test facilities efficiently.”

The ADS EVO fits in the ISOFIX fittings for attaching child safety seats and is self-contained in its own cart for easy storage. The software for the driving robot has a learning function that eliminates needs for adjustments when a vehicle changes. In addition, it assists in testing for long test cycles with repeatable results and complies with the 6 indicators from the SAE J2951 standard.

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