Ford Debuts Next-Generation Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle
Ford Motor Company recently introduced its next-generation Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle, just in time for CES and the North American International Auto Show that will be taking place in January.
This new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous vehicle platform, but increases the processing power with new computer hardware. Electrical controls are closer to production-ready, and adjustments to the sensor technology, including placement, allow the car to better see what’s around it. New LiDAR sensors have a sleeker design and more targeted field of vision, which enables the car to now use just two sensors rather than four, while still getting just as much data.
The next-gen Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle follows the company’s current generation, which hit the streets three years ago.
Read more about Ford’s quest to build a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle by 2021 in a Medium blog post written by Chris Brewer, who is the chief program engineer for Ford Autonomous Vehicle Development, here.