The low cost robot drive uses a gear shift lever actuator based upon linear pneumatic actuators accommodating a wide range of four and five speed gear box configurations. Clutch and throttle actuators are included within the package which is designed for ease of installation within a range of vehicles. A dedicated microprocessor based programmable logic controller (PLC) is preprogrammed with a range of sub routines relating to all anticipated gear changes. All setting up procedures are handled locally within the PLC facility that is integrated with a host computer controlling the overall test facility. The system is designed to meet the requirements of the US Federal Eleven Lap cycle (USEPA) for mileage accumulation testing of vehicles. The development provides a good example of successful University/Industry co-operation.

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 607-620

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 267
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1985 12:00AM