Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Car Company And Universities Team Up for Auto-drive Improvements

Ford is joining MIT and Stanford University to develop solutions to the obstacles to autonomous driving.

“To deliver on our vision for the future of mobility, we need to work with many new partners across the public and private sectors, and we need to start today,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and Vice President, Ford research and innovation.

Ford and MIT are working on advanced algorithms to help a vehicle learn to predict where moving vehicles and pedestrians could be. Ford and Stanford are exploring how sensors might see around obstacles. Ford says that the typical driver will maneuver around a line to allow them to see around obstacles like a big truck. The research with Stanford hopes to make sensors to see what is ahead of the robot vehicle.

Ford's automated Fusion Hybrid research vehicle uses the same technology already in the company's other vehicles available now for sale, but adds four LiDAR sensors to generate a real-time 3D map of the vehicle's surrounding environment.

The WSJ has more...

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