Just in case you were a little behind, we’ve got some good news from across the pond: those wacky Europeans are finally using robots for the good of mankind—simulating the effects of a human butt! Introduced in 2018 for testing the European Ford Fiesta, Ford’s Robutt—yes, that’s the name—seat tester is now being used to test the seats of all Ford vehicles in Europe. What a time to be alive!
Making its rounds in the news, is Ford’s Robutt, a robot meant to simulate a human butt. Shaped (and shapely) in the proportions of a large man, the Robutt is pressed and twisted into Ford seats to determine if a vehicle’s seat can hold up to a constant assault via the human body. In three days, the Robutt will find its way into, and out of, the seat 7,500 times—simulating approximately a full decade worth of use. Thanks to the Robutt’s simulations, Ford is ready to put their money where your . . . well, you get it.
Apparently they weren’t too busy taking afternoon naps over in Europe to conduct a bit of research and found that most people would exercise and, rather than use the shower at the gym, head home to shower. This added another dimension to the necessary testing. So if you love to exercise, or just have overactive sweat glands, thanks to Ford’s Robutt you’ll be certain that your seat will hold up for years to come. Ford heated the Robutt to 36℃, then soaked it in water, before using it to test the seats of their vehicles. Three days later, the good engineers at Ford know if your seat is tough enough to handle the massive amount of sitting it’s designed for, or if it’s going to bottom out*.
We may not have robots driving our cars yet, or being our butlers, our doing any of the other tasks of the future, but we’ve got the next best thing. This is why Ford of Europe created a robotic butt—a story as old as time. While Ford of Canada seems a little behind on the times in regards to the Robutt, they still have methods to test the endurance of their seats. If you want to repeatedly put your butt into a Ford, give us a call and we’ll help you find the right vehicle, at the right price.
*No word on whether Sir Mix-A-Lot is on constant rotation during the testing.