There's no telling who will buy a car, which is why carmakers value getting as many tests in as possible before bringing a product to market. People used to be required for this testing process, but new robots can speed up the process exponentially. All they need is their mechanical butts.
Testing cars with human equivalents has gone on since the 1930s, when human cadavers were used. By the late 1940s scientists were beginning to make "Sierra Sam" and crash dummies meant to simulate the entire body. Today, with thousands of sittings per day, the simulated butt puts in serious work. That push is nothing new at Ford, which isn't afraid to .