Horiba Group launches driving robot to reduce test work loads

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A new driving robot for vehicle testing has been launched by Horiba Group, called ADS EVO. The company claims that the robot improves the efficiency of vehicle testing by reducing the number of repeat tests, laboratory operating costs, overall test time and the impact of human errors.

It also says the system addresses changing industry needs for testing connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) vehicles and complies with new emission regulations such as post-Euro 6. The company notes that the need for testing CASE vehicles adds additional development to already stressed R&D projects and the ADS EVO assists in adding man-hours available for vehicle testing.

“The test driver workforce has been decreasing and the requirements for chassis testing have been increasing. With the ADS EVO, Horiba customers are able to complete more tests and increase their test cell efficiency,” explained Kazuki Furukawa, global product owner, 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 robot features easy set-up using ISOFIX fittings and is self-contained in its own cart for storage. The software also 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 six indicators from the SAE J2951 standard.

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