Ford built a robot butt to test the seats in its cars

The butt of many jokes, most likely.
The butt of many jokes, most likely.
Image: YouTube/Ford Europe
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You might want to sit down for this.

Ford has built a robotic device, which it’s nicknamed “Robutt,” to test the durability of the seats it puts in its vehicles, according to MIT Technology Review.

Replacing the posteriors of human workers, the robot mimics a human sitting themselves down in a Ford carseat. For the new Ford Fiesta car in Europe, the robot has put its robot butt on the seat designs 25,000 times, Ford’s video states. That’s meant to replicate about 10 years’ worth of sitting, and it takes the robot about three weeks to complete. There’s also a separate metallic robot butt that’s used to measure how comfortable the seat designs are.

Perhaps it won’t be long until robots replace all our butts in the workforce.