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On July 13th, 2017 Jaguar presented the new E-Pace in a world premiere in London and VEHICO has contributed with his driving robots to this success.

The E-Pace, driven by the british stunt driver Terry Grant, performed a 15.3 m jump, rotated 270° and landed savely on all four wheels. The barrel roll, known from the James Bond movie „The Man with the Golden Gun" from 1974, could be performed for the first time with a production vehicle.

The stunt was prepared for several weeks on the Santa Pod Raceway in the UK. The dangerous preperation jumps were driven unmanned with VEHICO driving robots. Therefore the Steering Robot CS-B20 and the Combined Pedal Robot CC800 in conjunction with the Failsafe Emergency Brake Robot EBR were installed in the SUV. For supervising the robots from outside the vehicle our Inter Robot Communication IRC was used. The Jaguar equipped with VEHICO robots completed numerous preparation jumps in order to make adjustments on ramp geometry, vehicle characteristics and optimal speed for the favoured barrel roll trajectory. With the robots the calculated desired parameters could be transferred very precisely. The high acceleration load of up to 5.5g was no problem for the robust robots. After the preparation jumps the stunt driver Terry Grant could take over the steering wheel.

VEHICO is proud to have contributed to the success of the launch with its robots.

The realisation of the world record jump was a successful teamwork. Beside VEHICO McHenry Software, Racelogic, Bagjump, StarEvents, Imagination, SHP Engineering und Terry Grant were also involved.

The video „New Jaguar E-PACE - Behind the Scenes of the Barrel Roll" shows the development of the stunt from the beginning until the world premiere in London.

 

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Unmanned driving of tests is steadily increasing. At this test drives it must be ensured that the vehicle can be brought to a standstill at all times even with a failure of individual system components of the driving robot. VEHICO offers the perfect solution for this application: the Failsafe Emergency Brake Robot is an ideal addition to driving robots to enhance safety during autonomous vehicle tests. The robot uses the vehicle´s brake pedal and can be triggered via radio link from outside the vehicle.
From 2018 on EuroNCAP will extended the the testing range for the Lane Support System with another test.
In addition to the LDW Lane Departure Warning and the LKA Lane Keeping Assistance the ELK Emergency Lane Keep will be added. For the realisation of this test scenarios a smooth running steering robot is needed.
Our steering robot CS-B20 fulfills exactly this features. The powered off steering robot convinces with his extremely low passive steering torque and his minimal moment of inertia. Therefor there is no interference with the car´s own steering action when the lane keep assistant is working. Futhermore the steering robot CS-B20 convinces like the other steering robots CS-B40 and CS-B60 with the mounting behind the steering wheel.The vehicle´s own steering wheel does not have to be removed and there are no disturbing structures between the driver and the steering wheel. Our leading role in behind-the-wheel steering robots is even approved by competitors as they newly try to copy our design without reaching our quality and flexibiltiy.

With our combined pedal robot CC800 VEHICO offers you a driving robot which is excellent suited for all ADAS and EuroNCAP tests. The CC800 with his two arms operates the brake and the accelerator pedal. Futhermore the CC800 convinces like all our pedal robots with a compact design and an easy installation. In combination with a steering robot from VEHICO it is the perfect system for ADAS testing and a wide range of other test scenarios.

We are proud to announce the launch of the automatic target following - a revolution for the area of AEB testing! With this new technology AEB tests are much more simplified, easier to handle and faster to conduct!

The key advantage for all customers is clearly named by our CEO Dr. Jörg Helbig: "The necessary robot installation is dramatically cut down, because the target vehicle can be driven manually! As far as I know this is absolutely unique on the world!"

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