Ford has an innovative car, the self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid. The test drive was made on Monday. The Ford self-driving car has only ten cars available now and other 20 that are in production.
To demonstrate that the car is very safe, the test drive respected all the speed limits sign and the people that were crossing the street.
This is not the Fast and Furious type of test drive because the self-driving car tries to obey the law at every ride.
This car had a different pool of costumers. It is made for a new kind of driving, not for the fast and reckless one.
The technology used on this car teaches it to stop at traffic lights, to detect those that are crossing the street. The new program even takes into consideration the presence of pets and bicycles on the road.
The automobile was mapped for the test drive in the company’s research campus but if the test was going to be at some other place the automobile should be mapped differently. This type of vehicle is going to be sold to the ride-hailing companies; that means that the Ford Company is not going to make a profit yet.
The self-driving automobile is a very expensive car because it has steering wheel, gas and brake pedals. It also has the Lidar modules that capture every detail of the outside environment at a distance of 100 meters.
The Lidar technology is made by Velodyne in which Ford invested $150 million. The Velodyne is about to release a new generation that is going to make the rotating cylinders smaller and even easier to package.
The spinning cylinders are little cameras put on the bumpers and the side mirrors, and they serve as a radar for the car.
This technology has advanced a lot over the last year. Billions of dollars have been committed by Silicon Valley and other major players in the auto industry. At Pittsburgh service, Uber is releasing some fully autonomous cars this month.
Uber bought vehicles from Ford and has outfitted them with its own sensing gear.
This type of vehicles is going to be the next step in the evolution of the automobile world. The fact that they practically drive themselves lets the driver pay more attention to another thing while driving.
Would you buy this self-driving car? Do you think that it is safe?
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