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The life of a durability tester

1 year ago

Writer:

Dan Prosser | Ti co-founder

Date:

7 August 2021

The middle of the night, the middle of winter and the middle of your shift. Even at this hour, the sky inky black, the proving ground is abuzz with activity. Headlights flicker in your mirrors, some receding behind you while others close on you at speed. You have to stay alert, not only for the other vehicles around you but for the wildlife that might leap into your path. Hit a deer and it’ll be you scraping the mess off the road.

The prototype you’re working with tonight doesn’t have a functioning heater, but they’ve given you a woolly hat and some gloves. Not that they’ll do much against the frigid air blasting directly into your face – tonight’s cycle requires every single window to be kept fully open. They’ve also handed you an iPod. It means you can listen to something to keep yourself awake – falling asleep at the wheel is a very real occupational hazard. You know people who have lost their lives that way.

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