Ford Tests Its Autonomous Vehicle Technologies in a Specially Designed City
There’s a place that starts with an “M” that’s very important to Ford. No, I’m not talking about Mexico. I’m talking about Mcity at the University of Michigan.
There at what the Blue Oval calls a “full-scale simulated real-world urban environment,” the automaker has the Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle drive itself over a variety of road surfaces, such as concrete, asphalt, and artificial brick and dirt, that are surrounded by the familiar features of real cities, including crosswalks, traffic lights, lane markers, signs, and bike lanes. The Fusion even traverses multiple-lane roads and ramps, roundabouts, and tunnels. Ford adds a quartet of LiDAR sensors to its current technologies, such as front-facing cameras and radar and ultrasonic sensors, to enable the Fusion development special to see the made-up metropolis around it three-dimensionally in real time.
In addition to Mcity (and public roads), the cities of Dearborn and Romeo, Michigan are also the homes of test facilities that Ford uses to hone its autonomous vehicle technologies, which it’s been doing for the last 10+ years.
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