Ford Fusion Autonomous Car Seems just like any other street car
Ford has finally unveiled its second generation self-driven Fusion Hybrid. The company had pulled the wraps off the driverless vehicle just one week before the model’s scheduled show in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. When it comes to the most striking difference of the latest generation, it is the cosmetic. In other words, Ford has let go of the pipe organ styled suite of sensors that were found on the car’s roof and instead have replaced them with a look that is more streamlined in nature. Talking about Ford’s pioneer autonomous car, it was pretty unfamiliar in nature. But the latest version from majority of the angles can be easily mistaken for a regular car.
In addition to the Ford Fusion, the company also revealed its planning about its triple fleet of self-driven Fusion sedans. There would be about 90 cars making it to the road in the upcoming year. The automaker has already started the testing of its indigenous autonomous cars in Michigan, Arizona and California. The company also plans the expansion of the aforementioned testing process to parts of Europe and would likely want to start with countries like Germany and United Kingdom.
Furthermore, the company adds that it would improvements made in the autonomous car project should help keep the project on its designated track. The aforementioned project began some three years ago. Ford wants to achieve the target of building a fully autonomous vehicle which can be used for ride-hailing as well as ride-sharing services by the year 2021. It comes as no surprise that the small fleet of self-driving cars of Ford Fusion have already found takers at Uber.
The chief engineer of Ford’s driverless vehicle program, Chris Brewer has expressed his opinion about the entire thing. Brewer is the person behind the detailed latest computer controlled car. The aforementioned revelation was made in a post by Medium. Chris was quoted as saying that he along with his team had updated both the software and the hardware on the latest driverless Ford Fusion. The upgrades allow the latest version of the vehicle to view two football sized fields in distance in all the four directions. The company’s second generation driverless car will also be capable of generating one terabyte data on an hourly basis. The generated data will be processed through the car’s brain that would be located in the trunk.
The redesigned self-driven Ford Fusion is a clear outcome of a varied number of acquisitions and investments that the company had made around the time it made announcements related to its intentions of building a fully functional autonomous car by the year 2021. Chris Brewer further added that the main reason Ford was capable of streamlining the latest car’s look is due to the latest LIDAR sensors by Velodyne. Velodyne is the result of the $150 million investment by the Chinese website giant Baidu as well as Ford. The LIDAR sensors have improved so much that Ford would easily be able to get as much data using two cars instead of using four cars.