ABD has released a new option for both existing and new steering robot customers. 'Grab handles' enable the test driver to keep their hands close to the steering wheel when running a steering robot test.
The grab handles incorporate a deadman handle, test start button, and the ability to apply supplementary steering inputs to the steering robot.
Grab handles are available for steering robot systems where torque is measured using a column mounted torque transducer or an estimate of torque is made based upon commanded motor current.
ABD steering robots use direct drive motors with no clutches or gears so that the driver can always be sure that they can retake control of the vehicle safely if required.