1/23/2014

Ford Expands Automated-Driving Research

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In December Ford Motor Co. unveiled its self-driving Fusion hybrid sedan test car.

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In December Ford Motor Co. unveiled its self-driving Fusion hybrid sedan test car. Now the company is partnering with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of giving the car common sense and intuition.

Ford's Fusion hybrid automated test car

The Stanford project will attempt to develop sensors to help the car see around obstacles, such as a large truck in the lane ahead. Ford says the capability would enable the car to know if it could safely change lanes abruptly if the truck suddenly braked.

At MIT, researchers will develop algorithms that would enable the test car to predict where pedestrians and nearby traffic will be several seconds in the future. The goal is to enable the car to assess the risks around it and determine a safe travel path.

Greg Stevens, Ford's global manager for driver assistance and active safety, notes that human drivers routinely look for traffic cues around them to determine what will happen next. Says Stevens, "Our goal is to provide the vehicle with common sense."