The automotive industry is one of the most competitive and progressive industries across the globe. To be able to survive in the market, automotive companies need to constantly innovate in terms of quality, durability, etc. They need to ensure that both the systems and components of the vehicle can function properly throughout their working life within most types of environments and different road conditions ranging from bumpy country roads to snow covered roads slippery with ice. As such, automotive testing is a central part of developing all types of vehicles including cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.
The engineers need to make use of highly sophisticated and innovative automotive testing applications to enhance the performance of recently launched products in a highly effective and modern way.
Why the requirement of automotive testing has risen
With the growing rate of innovations and new technologies in the automotive industry, as well as an increased production rate of automotive components, risks with the manufacturing of the vehicles and components also increase. Automotive testing seeks to rectify these risks and offers a range of benefits, including:
- Regulatory compliance: Global market access often requires automotive component testing and compliance according to relevant global regulations to ensure overall safety of the vehicle and its components.
- Discovery of faults: Automotive testing helps identify faults and issues in the development stage, thus preventing faulty products and potentially product recalls.
- Ensuring safe technology development: As new technologies (such as automation) are being developed, it’s important to ensure safety from the get-go.
- Ensure product safety: The vehicles need to undergo rigorous testing to ensure maximum safety for the customers.
- Boosts brand reputation: Testing their products at a proving ground for automotives, not only will companies be able to iron out faults, it also enhances their reputation as providers of high-quality and safe vehicles.
The importance of automotive winter testing
One important type of automotive testing, if not THE most important, is automotive winter testing. Snow, ice, and low temperatures makes for one of the most difficult conditions to drive in for both electric and gasoline/diesel vehicles, and pushes the components and technologies to their utmost limits.
A majority of the world’s vehicle manufactures test their vehicles at winter proving grounds to ensure their capabilities and identify issues during the development stage. This includes testing such as:
- Emissions testing
- Cold start drivability
- Cold performance testing
- Thermal performance profiling
- Thermal protection and enhancement testing
- Durability testing
- Thermal shock testing
- Tyre performance in cold environments
Test your vehicles at Icemakers
We provide a fully equipped winter proving ground for testing vehicles and here is a selection of our services:
- Lake tracks
- Land tracks
- Endurance Testing
- Cold chambers
- Testing facilities – Workshop & garages
To know in detail about our automotive winter testing services, contact one of our experts today.