Ford unveils Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle

Ford has created a self driving car, a project between the car maker and the University of Michigan and the State Farm insurance company, which has a 360-degree infrared vision.

Ford, who are renowned for their new Ford Focus cars, have now built a prototype Ford Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle that will test the potential for automated driving in the future.

The new car, based on a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid model, can track potential dangers from up to 60 metres away with a LiDAR sensor that uses infrared lasers which scan the car's surrounding environment 2.5 million times per second, as well as having cruise control, lane-keeping guidance and an automatic parallel parking system.

A Ford statement read, "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."

Executive chairman of Ford, Bill Ford, adds, "The Ford Fusion Hybrid automated vehicle represents a vital step toward our vision for the future of mobility.

"We see a future of connected cars that communicate with each other and the world around them to make driving safer, ease traffic congestion and sustain the environment. By doing this, Ford is set to have an even greater impact in our next 100 years than we did in our first 100."

In yet more Ford news, the popular car maker which has dealerships across the UK, such as our Ford in Yeovil site, is working on a car-to-car autonomous communication system for some of its future models. This will mean that a number of cars will be able to drive to the same place in packs in a bid to reduce congestion and fuel.

Ford is also working on its recently unveiled low-speed driving and collision avoidance systems that will be implemented into future models of Ford cars.

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