The Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Car will be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show this January at Las Vegas, Nevada. While this latest model stands on the autonomous platform used three years ago, it is packed with computer hardware that has been upgraded to give it more power and new capabilities that cannot be found in the old models.
The new generation Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Car aims at designing a "Virtual Driver" that can sense its surrounding environment, make decisions on the road, and control the car. To do this, the car must have a brain to dictate its functions and this was made in the form of several high-end computers located in the trunk of the car, according to Car Scoops.
The four lidars in the old model were reduced to two in the Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Car. However, these two have a capability that beats that of four. Its powerful sensors have targeted field of vision, enabling them to collect information around the car in as much speed the four can produce and in as much amount. The lidars were also made to look sleeker than the old ones, according to Express.
Work on the Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Car will pave the way to the availability of autonomous cars without pedals and steering wheel by 2021. With the progress made in the Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Car, Ford might be able to fulfill its promise of filling the road with cars that do not need human intervention, according to Motor Trends.
With the electronic controls for the Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Car almost ready for production, the company might be able to release the first purely driverless car on its target date. If this happens, the roads will be filled with cars taking their passengers to their destination without the aid of a human driver at all.