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Ford to Introduce Next-Gen Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Car

United States: The new next-gen Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle uses the current Ford technology platform, however, is installed with a new computer hardware system.

Moreover, the company is in the process of producing electrical controls and adjusting it to the sensor technology, which would allow the vehicle to sense, what all is in the radius of the car.

Ford would deploy the all-new LiDAR sensor in the vehicle, which have a comparatively sleeker design and a widened field of vision, enabling the vehicle to make use of two sensors, instead of four.

The new Ford autonomous vehicle is also deployed with the technology platform as well as the virtual driver system. As per Chris Brewer, Chief Program Engineer, Ford Autonomous Vehicle Development, "The virtual driver system is designed for the car to perform what a human can perform behind the wheel." He also added “The car senses with the aid of two hockey-puck-sized LiDAR sensors, each generating millions of beams, jut from the car’s front pillars, providing a 360-degree view. These new sensors possess a sensing range roughly the length of two football fields in every direction.”

The Ford autonomous vehicle would be equipped with the HD resolution 3D maps to track the locations of stop signs, crosswalks, traffic signals and other static things. Besides that, the car would be mounted with three cameras installed on two racks on the roof.

This new development vehicle brings Ford a step closer in its commitment to offer a fully autonomous vehicle in 2021 for ride-sharing and ride-hailing services. For now, the car still comes with a steering wheel and pedals.

As per TechSci Research, the constant progress by Ford in the field of autonomous vehicles, brings the company a step forward towards the development of this technology, which is expected to result in the advancement of automotive industry in coming years. Moreover, the company is committed to provide a fully operating autonomous vehicle by 2021 for ride sharing and ride hailing services across the region. The continuously growing investment in the autonomous car technology market, is anticipated to enhance the growth of the overall industry, worldwide.

According to a recent report published by TechSci Research, “Global Autonomous Car Technology Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2035 – ADAS, Semi-Autonomous, Fully-Autonomous”, globally, the automobile sector has been constantly evolving in terms of engine performance and design. Apart from these parameters, evolution of autonomous features in passenger cars is garnering attention of consumers across the world. Global autonomous car technology market is primarily divided into three segments - Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) car technologies, semi-autonomous car technology and fully-autonomous car technology. ADAS technologies are currently moving at a brisk pace on account of rising inclination towards greater automation. Moreover, fully-autonomous cars are expected to be commercially available by 2025, which is expected to translate into dramatic growth in the market.

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