Scouring manufacturer press sites can be an interesting daily task for us. Often, car companies like to hype up new models, announce new technologies, talk about sales records, so on and so forth. It's all relevant news, so to speak.
But over at Ford, it seems they're running out of interesting stuff to publish.
On their media website, Ford posted a story about a new robot they built to test their seats, but in a very specific way: the robot arm is meant to simulate sweaty human buttocks repeatedly sitting on their seats.
The device was built to simulate the sweaty butt of a person driving home for a shower after a session at the gym, a run, or some other activity that involves heavy perspiration The robot simulates this by sitting, bouncing, and twisting a total of 7500 times for three days straight.
More than that, the robotic bottom is shaped to simulate a large man, is heated to 36 degrees Celsius, and soaked with 450 milliliters of water.
In all honesty, we thought it was an April Fool's story published four months early, but it's legitimate. The intent was to ensure that Ford's seats can stand up to about 10 years' worth of sweaty abuse, and the Ford even gave the robotic bottom a unique nickname: Robutt.
We appreciate that Ford does “go further”, but maybe they could have kept the sweaty details to themselves on this occasion.