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Need Help Sticking to Your New Year Fitness Goals? Ford’s ‘Robutt’ Tester Ensures Seats Don’t Suffer After Sweaty Workouts

  • Robotic bottom simulates hot drivers repeatedly getting in and out of their cars to ensure the seats in new Ford vehicles continue to look good for years ahead
  • Nicknamed “Robutt”, the simulator mimics the action of someone heading home for a shower after going to the gym, driving back from a run or playing football
  • Testing condenses a full 10 years’ use as “Robutt” sits, bounces and twists in a seat 7,500 times over the course of three days

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? If you’ve managed to stick with your new exercise regime beyond the first two weeks of the year, then you’re well ahead of the many who have already abandoned their plans.

But not everyone will want to – or be able to – have a shower before jumping in their car to go home after exercising.

Ford is making sure that all this good work isn’t bad news for your car seat with the help of a robotic bottom simulator called “Robutt”.

First used to ensure that the materials used in Ford’s car seats could withstand a decade’s regular dry wear and tear, engineers have now developed “Robutt” to simulate what happens when we get in our cars when we are a bit on the sweaty side.

“Cars are a part of our everyday lives, and at this time of year in particular, so is exercise,” said Florian Rohwer, development engineer, Body and Chassis Labs, Ford of Europe. “The ‘Robutt’ is a great way to check our seats will look good for years to come.”

For the sweat test, “Robutt” simulates a decade’s worth of car use in just three days as it sits, bounces and twists in the seat 7,500 times. Based on the dimensions of a large man, the robotic bottom is heated to 36° C, and soaked with 450 millilitres of water.

Robust testing ensures Ford products maintain their integrity over their life cycle, delivering exceptional value for money for current and future customers.




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