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Self driving Ford vehicle

Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:55 pm

Ford is increasing its development of self-driving cars by more than doubling the size of its Silicon Valley lab. Its planning to use Velodyne Lidar who is the leading maker of an advanced radar that is an essential sensor in autonomous driving.

Ford is investing heavlily in California-based Velodyne bounces light off objects to asses shape and location along with cameras and traditional radar give self-driving cars a 360-degree view of their environment.

Velodyne said it will use the investment to “ rapidly expand the design and production of high performance, cost-effective lidar sensors,” with an aim to mass adoption. Ford said it’s also doubling the workforce to 260 at its Palo Alto, California, research center, which will substantially increase in size of the facility to 180,000-square feet over three buildings.

The changes are part of a broader announcement from Ford on its goal to expand autonomous-car development.

“We want the cost to be low enough to be used for all cars,” Marta Hall, Velodyne’s president of business development, said in the statement.

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Re: Self driving Ford vehicle

Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:29 am

Yes I read an article that Ford announced it will have a full Fleet of autonomous cars on the road by 2021 the driverless Vehicles will be available for rideshare. What does that mean? No personal sales?

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Re: Self driving Ford vehicle

Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:31 am

The cars will be a level four driving automation so as ford triples its investment into the Silicon Valley their goal is to have an SAE level 4 this is when a car is self-controlled in all but a few environments such as severe weather The areas would likely be enclosed systems or fixed routes for this car

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Re: Self driving Ford vehicle

Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:33 am

Kelley Blue Book says the time frame for autonomous vehicles capable of operating anywhere at any time is about 7 to 10 years away

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Re: Self driving Ford vehicle

Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:18 pm

There are a lot of areas where buses are being used in controlled roadways like national parks in the US and in Japan and throughout northern Europe. I can see this technology exploding right now

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Re: Self driving Ford vehicle

Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:43 pm

A few months ago I thought this technology was in its infancy and only Tesla had the opening market for it but wow what a boom of it right now

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