• Short Summary

    AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS IN HANOVER, WEST GERMANY, HAVE GONE TO ELABORATE LENGTHS TO TEST AUTOMOBILE TYRES UNDER WHAT THEY CONSIDER IDEAL CONDITIONS.

  • Description

    AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS IN HANOVER, WEST GERMANY, HAVE GONE TO ELABORATE LENGTHS TO TEST AUTOMOBILE TYRES UNDER WHAT THEY CONSIDER IDEAL CONDITIONS. THE ENGINEERS HAVE DEVELOPED A DRIVERLESS ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED CAR WHICH CAN RUN FOR UNLIMITED PERIODS ON ITS TEST TRACK - THE CONTIDROME - NEAR HANOVER.

    A NEW MERCEDES-BENZ SALOON CAR WAS RIGGED UP WITH ELECTRONIC RECEIVER CONTROLS, WIRED TO TAKE DIRECTIONS FROM A CENTRAL CONSOLE. TESTERS ARE ABLE TO SEND THE CAR OVER ANY GIVEN DISTANCE, AND THE WEAR ON ANY SPECIFIC COMPONENT CAN BE MEASURED WITH A NEW DEGREE OF ACCURACY.

    THE CAR FOLLOWS A PREVIOUSLY LAID GUIDE CABLE ALONG THE TRACK, ALTHOUGH OPERATORS RETAIN MANOEUVRABILITY UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS. A HEAVILY WATERED SKID PAN HAS BEEN SET UP ON THE TRACK, AND THE CAR HAS PASSED ALL ITS TESTS THERE.

    THE CAR'S COMPLICATED ELECTRONIC CONTROLS ARE STORED IN THE REAR OF THE CAR - FROM THERE, STEERING, BRAKING AND ACCELERATION CAN BE INSTANTLY DIRECTED. ALREADY DESIGNERS ARE LOOKING AHEAD TO THE DAY WHEN THE ELECTRONIC CAR MAY HAVE MORE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS - FOR USE ON LONG-DISTANCE AUTOBAHN HIGHWAYS, FOR INSTANCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9J2GH80NNMTOFVTOTKXI7YDF6
    Media URN:
    VLVA9J2GH80NNMTOFVTOTKXI7YDF6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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