Ford has unveiled the new Fusion Hybrid equipped with LIDARs that whirl 360° to detect the world around and not only to make the car move in the environment but also to record the data about it to create a 3D model of what is around.
Ford sees this technology not only as a help to a driver in performing various tasks like emergency braking, generate proximity warnings, detect the potentially dangerous objects and road situations but also will make cars literally talk to each other! No, there won’t be chatting about cute kittens like on Facebook, there will be data pass about the environment and the manner of driving to synchronize the work of cars to make the traffic congestions lesser and the movement of many cars on the public road more efficient thanks to more tight cooperation between them. The other goals that are also expected will be reducing of usage of fuel thanks to more seamless and unified style of driving.
Ford also emphasized that they want only to study where the limit of the automated driving is and where there is a necessity for the human operation to take control over. Ford didn’t want to talk about the fully autonomously driving vehicles as they believe that there are many issues must be explored, including legal ones. For instance, as Raj Nair says, a vice president at Ford, they have plans to deploy the automation technology step by step, until 2025. He emphasizes that there are issues that must be taken care of and decided both in the technology of ‘highly automated driving’ (not driverless one) within the company and legal issues on the level of states and country to make it really implemented as the long-term sustainable goal.
To do that, they closely cooperate with State Farm and University of Michigan to achieve their goals and the new Fusion Hybrid equipped with LIDARs will actively explore the limits of technology – when it ends, what it can embrace and what can’t, and will the car be able to drive itself or it will eventually need the human assistance.
To make such tests, Ford previously used their own development, VIRTTEX driving simulator that allowed testing cars on their field. Now it supposes to be the greater scope of usage than just what some models of Ford cars did already: assistance in parking, voice commands recognition and detection of some of the potentially dangerous road situations.
Ford wants to make the next 100 years even more remarkable than their last 100 ones, according to company’s representatives.