Ford is expanding on-road testing of its third-generation self-driving Fusion Hybrid to Detroit. The vehicles are as of now deployed in Pittsburgh, Palo Alto, Miami, Washington DC, and Ford’s home turf of Dearborn, Michigan; The Verge’s Andrew Hawkins went for a drive in a previous-gen model a year ago and found it very adroit at handling with a variety of traffic situations.
“Each city speaks to a unique opportunity to make our self-driving system more astute in view of the exposure to various street infrastructure design, driving behavior and even traffic light placement,” wrote Peter Rander, president of Argo AI, the startup that Ford has sponsored to lead the development of its self-driving cars. “The collective knowledge we’re picking up by operating in five very different locales is a major piece of the reason behind why we’re making great progress.”
Rander focuses to various improvements with the new third-gen vehicle, including “an essentially redesigned sensor suite” with higher-res cameras, a revamped computer system that is increasingly thermal and noise efficient, and included safety measures like “repetitive braking and steering systems that help keep up vehicle motion control in the event one of the units quits functioning.” (One of Ford’s self-driving vehicles was associated with a mishap early last year.)
Detroit offers Ford “pretty much every sort of street you can expect to see” as per Rander, for example, wide streets with unmarked lanes and narrower residential streets with overhanging trees. Corktown is the place Ford’s self-driving endeavors are based out of and therefore, Rander takes note of that engineering resources are close by when required.