At Automotive Testing Expo Europe in June, Göpel Electronic displayed a fully automated robotics setup for infotainment testing, which is now available to purchase.
The company believes this confirms the high demand for automation in test stands in general. The trade fair demonstrator was said to be a real visitor magnet, enabling visitors to gain a better understanding of what an automated test cycle involves.
The solution incorporates a robot with a haptic finger, including sensors and a camera for optical verification and was used to showcase how a display in the cockpit of a vehicle might be tested using this technology. The display is controlled via residual bus simulation in connection with a generic image source. It includes Göpel Electronic’s Video Dragon, Series 62 multi-bus communication controllers as well as the company’s software toolchains, Net2Run and Dragon Suite.
Defined user inputs can be replicated with the haptic operation of the display by a ‘finger’ with integrated force-displacement measurement. The setup is complemented with the standalone sound checker device, which enables an analysis of the acoustics and/or, in combination with structure-borne sound sensors, evaluation of the haptic feedback of the display surface.
Michael Schmidt, the company’s team leader for automotive test solutions, explained, “It is a combined interaction of different technologies from Göpel Electronic. It is a vivid proof of our comprehensive expertise in testing and simulating innovative automotive electronics and mechatronics. Our goal is to offer our customers suitable systems that represent real added value.”