Issue: Dec 2009


ABDs Driverless Test System wins award



by Steve Barclay

The judges at Vehicle Dynamics International have cast their votes and concluded that ABD’s Driverless Vehicle Testing System is their Development Tool of the Year for 2009. The driverless system utilises Anthony Best Dynamics proven steering, braking, and accelerator robots coupled with GPS based path following and an additional back-up safety system to provide a fail-safe means of stopping the vehicle in an emergency.

By removing the driver from the car the risk of injury is greatly reduced during vehicle misuse testing and during dangerous vehicle dynamics tests like the FMVS126 and NHTSA Fishhook test. The Driverless system is also ideal for vehicle durability work and ADAS system testing.

On receiving the award, ABD’s Technical Director Mr Mathew Hubbard said: "We are delighted to win this award. The driverless test system is the culmination of over ten years of development effort. Designing a system that is both safe and easy to use has been a real challenge.

The driverless test system is now in daily use by our customers to enable extreme limit handling testing, vehicle misuse testing and vehicle ADAS testing to be performed without risk to their test drivers. We are proud that the driverless test system is being used to develop safer and more reliable vehicles.

Our development team is already working on new developments to ensure that we meet our customer’s future requirements."

If you would like to find out more about the Driverless Vehicle Testing system contact ABD at sales@abd.uk.com.


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