Ford has announced a new project with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to research and develop new solution for an automated car. According to Ford, the automated driving is a key component of new Blueprint for Mobility philosophy. It outlines what transportation will look like in 2025 and beyond.
As you already know, Ford has launched the Fusion Hybrid research vehicle in December 2013. Thanks to this car, Ford is exploring potential solutions for the longer-term societal, legislative and technological issues posed by a future of fully automated driving.
“To deliver on our vision for the future of mobility, we need to work with many new partners across the public and private sectors, and we need to start today,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and Vice President, Ford research and innovation. “Working with university partners like MIT and Stanford enables us to address some of the longer-term challenges surrounding automated driving while exploring more near-term solutions for delivering an even safer and more efficient driving experience.”
The Fusion Hybrid Automated Research Vehicle was developed by Ford, State Farm and University of Michigan and it will be used to test current and future sensing systems.
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.