The Robot That Tests Car Buttons by Pressing Them 50,000 Times

People tend to keep their cars a long time-as long as a decade or so. And many of those cars come with a warranty good for, you guessed it, 10 years, or 100,000 miles. That means the hardware and software that goes into modern vehicles-the dozens of computers, infotainment systems, and all the accompanying buttons-must be built to survive a long life on the road.

Many of those systems come from Delphi, a supplier that's been working with automakers almost as long as there have been automakers. Before it sends anything new to the GMs and Toyotas of the world, Delphi beats and batters it to ensure it's up to snuff. Sometimes, that requires long hours in the lab, checking components for electromagnetic compatibility. Or it means subjecting parts to extreme vibration and temperatures ranging from -40 to 221 degrees Fahrenheit. And sometimes, it means pushing a button tens of thousands of times.

9.6.15 21:52


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