Mustang Advanced Engineering (MAE) developed a research and development test stand for Magna International. Magna approached MAE about developing a testing system for its recently developed autonomous three-wheeled delivery vehicle. With the 100% electric, robotic vehicle, Magna said it has the goal of reducing last-mile delivery costs and carbon emissions in urban environments.
Traveling at speeds of up to 20 mph, Magna said the autonomous driving system uses cameras, radar, LIDAR and other hardware to navigate. Magna has already partnered with Marco’s Pizza to explore the delivery method in specific locations within North America. MAE said it was able to design and create the test stand meeting Magna’s timeline and testing parameters. According to the companies, the chassis dynamometer is equipped with several features, such as:
- Permanent restraints;
- Turntable for measuring turning radius during dynamic testing;
- Adjustable wheelbase;
- AC Motor power absorber and flywheel for extra inertia.