Beauty is no longer solely in the eye of the beholder at Ford of Europe, where its Robotized Unit for Tactility and Haptics is proving successful in removing “subjective” human feedback in the testing of vehicle interiors. Dubbed RUTH for short, the robot is being employed to determine optimal visual and tactile aspects of cockpits, measuring everything from the feel of switchgear to the temperature of certain touch points, says Mark Spingler, vehicle interior technologies engineer. ...

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