Sitting in a car for hours on end can be an unpleasant experience-for you the driver, but also for your car seats. Before planting your rear end on that cushion, you might have gone to the gym, taken a long run, or finished a day's outdoor work.
Drivers are sweaty, and that sweat can impact the car's seats. That's why Ford has upgraded its Robutt to include sweat replication.
As the name would imply, Robutt is a robotic butt Ford invented for the sake of testing wear and tear on car seats. In a blog post, the company explains that three weeks with the Robutt could replicate ten years of sitting in a car, giving Ford the ability to test the effect of a person getting in and out of a car 25,000 times.
Since testing began in 2017, the Robutt has been upgraded. It can now cram a decade's worth of sits into just three days, replicating 75,000 sits. And crucially, it has upgraded its ability to include fake sweat. In practical terms, this means that "the robotic bottom is heated to 36° C, and soaked with 450 millilitres of water," according to the blog post.
Bear that in mind the next time you get into a Ford: A robotic perspiring posterior has done the dirty work ahead of you.
Source: The Verge