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Whatever did we do before wireless data acquisition?

04 May 2011

To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company is exploring its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Pictures are currently being selected and released each week of the centenary year. Ford customers may have seen many changes over 100 years but one thing that hasn't changed is the company's commitment to vehicle testing. From cobblestones to laser alignment, only the method of testing has changed.

This week's image illustrates how technological advances in the second half of the 20th century encouraged greater electronic testing of Ford vehicles. In the 1970s with wireless data transfer still a generation away, engineers had to rely on imagination and careful driving to record the data they needed. The use of 'tethering' permitted bulky recording equipment to follow in the vehicle behind without affecting the test vehicle.

Today, such technology can be conveniently packaged in a portable device providing instant feedback.


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