Ford Unveils Self-Driving Fusion Research Car

Self-Driving Ford FusionFord believes that cars of the future will be able to talk to each other and nearly drive themselves, and on Thursday it revealed a major research project that’ll help its vehicles get there. At an event last week, Ford unveiled the Fusion Hybrid research vehicle, a modified version of its Fusion Hybrid that’s able to drive on its own by detecting the world around it. “Our goal is to test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- and mid-term deployment,” Raj Nair, a vice president at Ford, says in statement. While Ford says that most of the automation its testing won’t be deployed until after 2025, it intends to phase in pieces of it little-by-little before then. The Fusion Hybrid research vehicle includes four whirling, cylindrical LiDAR detectors on its roof in addition to a 360-degree camera.

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