Automotive giants from across the globe are having a very close look at “Artificial Intelligence” technology that is setting up a new trend for the self-driving cars of the future. U.S. automobile giant Ford seems to be on a similar path as the company is ready to show off its second-generation Fusion Hybrid cars at the
U.S. automobile giant Ford is on a similar path as the company is ready to show off its second-generation Fusion Hybrid car at the CES 2017 event next week.
This second-generation Fusion Hybrid comes with better onboard hardware for improved processing power and better LiDAR sensors to offer a greater field of view.
These upgrades are more centric towards improving the virtual self-driving system within the cars. This system comprises of detailed 3D maps, cameras, LiDAR and radar sensors, machine learning at its heart and abundance of computing power that can generate a terabyte of data every hour. This is more than an average data that a smartphone user uses in 45 years.
This system comprises of detailed 3D maps, cameras, LiDAR and radar sensors, machine learning and abundance of computing power that generates a terabyte of data every hour. This is more than an average data that a smartphone user uses in 45 years.
As a part of its development push the company plans to infuse 20 cars in its plans. However, Ford is all set to increase this number to a pool of 90 cars next year in 2017. The company has tested its self-driving cars in California, Arizona and Michigan with further plans to expand into Germany and the United Kingdom.
Chief Program Engineer, Chris Brewer while explaining the progress of this project in a Medium Post, said the company had reduced the number of LiDAR sensors from four to two in their second-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid models. These two sensors are robust enough to offer 360 degrees of coverage and can range to “the length of two football field in every direction.”
Ford started its mission of creating autonomous self-driving cars three years ago. The journey till date has seen a lot of improvements like the car’s ability to run even on snow-covered roads as well as running in the dark without using headlights. The company is making considerable progress in its target to come up with fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 that can even be used for services like ride-hailing and ride sharing.
The journey so far has seen a lot of improvements such as the car’s ability to run on snow-covered roads as well as running in the dark without using headlights.