With all other considerations aside, real-world testing does offer one advantage. It gives us an alternate perspective. Despite uncontrollable and unaccountable variables, such as changing climate, pollution levels, and workmanship, the real-world testing results give us a snapshot of how products perform during a given duration within a specific location.
However, regarding professional bodies and their opinion on real-world vs. laboratory testing, I cannot imagine real-world testing adopted as a unit of measure for performance. The main issue lies in its inconsistent unit of measurement, and I hope that these professional bodies can see this objectively.
Today, algorithmic decision-making (computer-based management of vast quantities of quality data used in processes, tests, and analyses) is the future.
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