Autonomous Ford vehicles have been paving the way along with other big vehicle manufacturers for the last few years. But the company just raced to the front of the line with the reveal of its latest autonomous Ford vehicle, the ford Fusion Hybrid.
The car company took to CES 2017 as the perfect platform to reveal the new autonomous Ford vehicle which promises to be the best yet.
The new vehicle uses the current autonomous Ford vehicle platform, but ups the processing power with new computer hardware. Electrical controls are closer to production-ready, and adjustments to the sensor technology, including placement, allow the new autonomous Ford to better see what’s around it. New LiDAR sensors have a sleeker design and more targeted field of vision, which enables the new autonomous Ford to now use just two sensors rather than four, while still getting just as much data.
The new autonomous Ford vehicle also evolves the two main elements to creating an autonomous vehicle – the autonomous vehicle platform, which is an upgraded version of the car itself, and the virtual driver system. The next-gen Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle follows the company’s current generation, which hit the streets three years ago.
The company doesn’t look like it’s slowing down in terms of its Ford autonomous vehicle innovation as well as its vision for the future of transportation in urban areas. The company plans to have a number of Ford autonomous vehicles on the roads by 2021 as part of a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. This forms part of Ford’s plan to set the pace in the autonomous vehicle market. Ford President and CEO, Mark Fields explains:
The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous Ford vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago. We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous Ford vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles.
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