Self-Driving Ford Fusion Hybrid Undergoing Testing


  • Ford Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle Picture

    Ford Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle Picture

    Ford Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle. | December 13, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • A self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle is undergoing testing, as Ford commits to autonomous cars by 2025.
  • The research vehicle uses four infrared light sensors that scan the road at 2.5 million times per second to detect objects.
  • Ford on Thursday announced a partnership with the University of Michigan and State Farm to test how the technology might be used in the real world.

DEARBORN, Michigan — A self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle is undergoing testing, as Ford commits to autonomous cars by 2025.

The research vehicle uses four infrared light sensors that scan the road at 2.5 million times per second to detect objects. The technology is dubbed "LiDAR" for Light Detection and Ranging. Ford said it uses light in the same way a bat or dolphin uses sound waves.

"(It) can bounce infrared light off everything within 200 feet to generate a real-time 3D map of the surrounding environment," Ford said.

Ford on Thursday announced a partnership with the University of Michigan and State Farm to test how the technology might be used in the real world. The goal is to reduce road congestion, improve traffic safety and reduce collisions.

"Ford's goal is to advance the development of new technologies with its supplier partners so these features can be applied to the company's next generation of vehicles," Ford said in a statement.

The Dearborn automaker is one of a growing number dedicated to bringing self-driving cars to market. Nissan said earlier this year that it plans to have driverless cars available by 2020. Toyota's ambitious plans for self-driving cars include vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

"With the automated Ford Fusion hybrid research project, our goal is to test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate level for near- and mid-term deployment," said Raj Nair, group vice president of Ford global product development.

Edmunds says: Your future Ford Fusion Hybrid may be driving you.

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