ASTM Proposes New Testing Method to Promote Robot Stability

ASTM has defined and established more than 12,000 global standards that help improve products and manufacturing processes. In July 2023, ASTM proposed new standards to further the stability performance of robots with legs.

The ASTM Committee on Robotics, Automation, and Autonomous Systems (Committee F45) presented a testing and measurement method to assess disturbance rejection in legged robots with a focus on stability while in motion. In short, this method prevents these robots from toppling over. In the words of ASTM member and Transportation Research Center technical specialist Bowen Weng, the new stability standard is designed to ensure that legged robots are safe enough to “interact with humans in commercial and industrial environments.”

Originally published at Medium on Sep 18, 2023