Ford Fusion Hybrid Automated Research Vehicle revealed (+Video)

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Ford has officially revealed the all-new Fusion Hybrid Automated Research Vehicle. The new concept was developed by Ford, State Farm and University of Michigan and it will be used to test current and future sensing systems. Furthermore, Ford will use the Fusion Hybrid Automated Research Vehicle also to test the driver assist technologies.

“The Ford Fusion Hybrid automated vehicle represents a vital step toward our vision for the future of mobility,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “We see a future of connected cars that communicate with each other and the world around them to make driving safer, ease traffic congestion and sustain the environment. By doing this, Ford is set to have an even greater impact in our next 100 years than we did in our first 100.”

The Ford Fusion Hybrid Automated Research Vehicle uses four LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) sensors that can scan the road 2.5 million times per seconds.

LiDAR uses light in the same way a bat or dolphin uses sound waves, and can bounce infrared light off everything within 200 feet to generate a real-time 3D map of the surrounding environment.

The sensors can track anything dense enough to redirect light – whether stationary objects, or moving objects such as vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. The sensors are so sensitive they can sense the difference between a paper bag and a small animal

“In the future, automated driving may well help us improve driver safety and manage issues such as traffic congestion and global gridlock, yet there are still many questions that need to be answered and explored to make it a long-term reality,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford global product development. “With the automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research project, our goal is to test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- and mid-term deployment.”

by: Carpower360