Up to 30 Autonomous test vehicles to be trialed as Ford triple their fleet

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It is becoming clear that autonomous vehicles will be hitting our roads in the coming year. Ford are leading the development program of these cars and have announced they are tripling the amount they have in real-world testing to 30. Based on the current US version of the Mondeo Hybrid, this round of testing is the third Ford have participated in, having previously worked on the cars in 2005 and 2007.

How does it work?

The new fleet of Ford autonomous vehicles have been fitted with 2 small LiDAR sensors, each capable of handling a range of driving scenarios within a 200 meter reach, 2 less sensors than the previous tests. The sensors have been created by Velodyne, a specialist in this field.

“Using the most advanced technology and expanding our test fleet are clear signs of our commitment to make autonomous vehicles available for millions of people.

“With more autonomous vehicles on the road, we are accelerating the development of software algorithms that serve to make our vehicles even smarter,” as explained by Ford’s global product development boss Raj Nair.

Source – http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-ces/ford-triples-size-its-autonomous-test-fleet – 6/1/15

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