Do I trust a robot to drive me?

These days more and more of my time is being spent working with new solutions for testing ADAS systems.  Last week I was on an airfield down in the West Country with Anthony Best Dynamics (ABD) making sure that our VBOX equipment works with their latest throttle and brake robots.

I think that I am a good driver but even I can’t compete with the accuracy and repeatability that these robots offer.  Using robotic throttle and brake control we were able to accelerate up to 45mph and the target car duly matched our acceleration – with a separation of 30m. Then the robot decelerated the target car at exactly 0.3g. I’ve tried this test manually and we required at least 1km. With the robot in control we had the test completed in 580m. Most impressive.

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