Ford Europe introduces ‘Robobutt’ as a means to tackle problem of sweaty butts
A good number of us who occasionally drive everywhere—let's say, to exercise, to the grocery store, to meet friends—know how real the struggle is. We end up with series of sweat sessions which in turn gives the driver's seat a weird funk. And over time, all that sweat eventually causes it to wear and tear.
Engineering wizards at Ford Europe seem to have a solution the second half of this problem, at least, using something they dubbed "Robobutt."
Ford said Robobutt helps to ensure its car seats look good no matter what sweaty drivers bring. Robobutt-certified seats were actually introduced last year for the Fiesta in Europe but are now being rolled out for all Ford vehicles.
Robobutt is based on existing robot simulations that is used to mimic how human occasionally get in and out of car seats and is aimed at improving durability. To test it out, a Kukla automation robot is fitted with a dummy bottom, heated to approximate human temperature and fed close to 450 milliliters of water (15 fluid ounces) to get it soggy and in turn re-create that condition fondly known as swamp ass.
Then the robot, rotates the dummy bottom to and fro, side to side, sitting on the seat over 7,500 times in three days to simulate a decade's worth of use.
However, this new installment still leaves workout junkies or chronic sweathogs longing for a solution to that funk of their own making. There are also a number of aftermarket car-seat covers or sweat towels to take the brunt of your eau de B.O., or you can just use a regular bath towel. Others stick to spraying their seats with a 2:1 solution of water and white vinegar to remove sweat stains and odors from cloth seats.