In depth with Solar Team Eindhoven: after the solar-powered family car has been presented to the public (report), testing has begun. In this edition Patrick Deenen explains what that’s all about.
Now we have had the car presentation we go to the next stage: testing. After the design and production phase this will be the moment of truth. Will Stella Lux comply with every demand we have and how will she perform in real-life situations? These are questions we try to answer during the testing period which takes place on a safe location. We start with safety tests from different scenario’s. For example: are the passengers able to get out of the car fast in a dangerous situation? Are the brakes strong enough to withstand an emergency stop? If the car is qualified ‘safe’ while driving at low speed we increase the speed of the car and eventually start looking for the boundaries of Lux. Furthermore, we test all functionalities like cruise control, direction lights and braking lights.
We encounter many issues while we test all imaginable situations. We want to perform a lot of tests but at the same time we want to solve these issues. That is why we change between two shifts: a testing shift and an issue-solving-shift. The test shift starts in the morning and comes back in the midday where the issue-solving-shift takes over to solve the issues that were encountered that day. This way we can use our time efficiently and let Stella Lux perform as good as possible in Australia!
Read more about Solar Team Eindhoven on the team’s dedicated in-depth page.
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