The future of driving is getting closer and closer! Ford has recently announced that they are now working with MIT and Stanford in advancing their automated driving technology research. They are working together to build the automated Ford Fusion Hybrid that would feature Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility and several other technologies including LiDAR sensors to generate a real-time 3D map of the vehicle’s surrounding environment.
“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,” explains chief technical officer and Vice President of Ford research and innovation, Paul Mascarenas. “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.”
With fully automated technologies, the vehicle will be able to sense objects around it. Research analytics at MIT will be creating advanced algorithms to help figure out if the vehicle will be able to sense moving vehicles and pedestrians that could be a hazard to the car. Stanford analytics will be exploring how the automated sensors will see around obstacles and potentially “take a peek ahead” to make necessary maneuvers.
Could you imagine being in a car that could detect everything around it and basically drive itself? The future of driving is on its way. Stick with Sanderson Ford for the latest on Ford automated driving.