The ‘new normal’
How can the industry safely test and develop vehicles at the same rate as before, while keeping up with the ever-changing landscape of automotive development?
There’s no escaping the fact that the automotive testing industry has been impacted heavily by recent global events. Previously, when there have been significant legislation changes or a rise in popularity of new vehicles, there has been a grace period to enable testing regimes to be adapted.
However, the recent pandemic has left no time to prepare for perhaps the biggest changes that OEMs will ever have to make. Proving grounds have been forced to temporarily shutdown around the world, including those in ‘Motor City’ in Michigan, and some have been operating at limited capacity, offering auto makers the opportunity to test for free to compensate.
VBOX dataloggers have been used by automotive engineers ever since they first came to market over 20 years ago, and the blue box has now become synonymous with the automotive testing process.
Over the years, Racelogic’s VBOX has evolved, much like the industry, and Racelogic now has a wide range of data acquisition systems that could really benefit anyone testing in the post-Covid-19 era. One such product is the VBOX Video HD2 datalogger, which offers synchronized data and HD video. It has the ability to live-stream both data and video back to an engineer at the side of the test track, or even in a remote office – which is important, as having two people sat inside a test vehicle may well be a thing of the past. Live-streaming data that would previously have been witnessed from inside the test vehicle can now be transmitted to the automotive
The VBOX Video HD2 can live-stream synchronized video and data
Similarly, the durability app that Racelogic has recently launched for its new color touchscreen datalogger, the VBOX Touch, is already being used by the likes of General Motors. It enables companies to test with just the driver in the car, without the need for anybody else to give prompts or take notes.
For anyone looking to test pass-by noise, Racelogic also has a complete system in its range that makes use of telemetry systems and enables just one engineer to run the vehicle test, negating the need for any additional trackside monitoring.
Having access to affordable telemetry systems and mobile data enables automotive engineers to test and share data, live from the test vehicle, to almost anywhere in the world. (The term ‘connected vehicle’ has never been more prevalent in the automotive testing industry than it is today.) The data can be easily compressed, encrypted, and kept secure on private servers using the latest automotive testing systems available from the team at Racelogic.
Although the automotive testing process may never be the same again, with change comes new opportunities. Traditional testing methods still have a large role to play, but with the advances being made in technology and data acquisition systems, new ways of working could be notably slicker and more cost-effective than before.