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January 22, 2019

Ford Butt Tests Its Seats with This Unique Machine (w/ Video)

Joining a gym, taking an exercise class, or breaking out the running kit are high on many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

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

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.

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 milliliters of water.

The“Robutt” seat test was first used in the Fiesta in 2018.

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