Ford Debuts Next-Generation Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle; Car to First Appear at CES and North American International Auto Show in January

DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ford Motor Company is introducing its next-generation
Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle
, just in time for CES
and the North American International Auto Show in January.

The new vehicle uses the current Ford autonomous vehicle platform, but
ups the processing power with new computer hardware. Electrical controls
are closer to production-ready, and adjustments to the sensor
technology, including placement, allow the car to better see what’s
around it. New LiDAR sensors have a sleeker design and more targeted
field of vision, which enables the car to now use just two sensors
rather than four, while still getting just as much data.

The new vehicle also evolves the two main elements to creating an
autonomous vehicle – the autonomous vehicle platform, which is an
upgraded version of the car itself, and the virtual driver system.

The next-gen Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle follows the
company’s current generation, which hit the streets three years ago.

Read more about Ford’s quest to build a high-volume,
fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle by 2021
in a Medium
blog post authored by Chris Brewer, chief program engineer, Ford
Autonomous Vehicle Development, here.


Ford Motor Company
Alan Hall