Misuse tests are designed to explore what happens to a vehicle in an extreme situation, such as when driving into a sandbank or over a ramp and becoming airborne.
A typical test is to determine whether airbags or other elements of passenger restraint systems are deployed in non-collision situations.
Driving a vehicle into a sandbank, wooden beam or over a ramp is extremely arduous for human test drivers, and doing so repeatedly can cause injuries. Stress levels are also high due to the possible deployment of airbags. For this reason, these tests are increasingly performed using driverless robot systems.
Driverless Test Systems
AB Dynamics’ Driverless Test System uses proven driving robot actuators coupled with a dependable TrackFi telemetry system, and has been used by major OEMs for performing misuse tests for several years.
The Driverless Test System is ideal for tests where there is a risk of injury.