Ford Partners With MIT And Stanford To Research Autonomous Cars

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January 23, 2014 by AllKnol

TechCrunch

Ford today announced that it is partnering with MIT and Stanford to research a number of technical challenges surrounding automated driving.

A team at MIT will look into how a car can best predict the actions of pedestrians and other cars around it, while another team at Stanford plans to look into ways for cars to see around obstructions.

The teams will use Ford’s recently unveiled Fusion Hybrid research vehicle for their research. The car uses four Lidar sensors to create a real-time map of the environment around it.

Completely self-driving cars are still a few years away from being production-ready, but quite a few high-end auto companies recently announced new technologies that could soon allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel for short periods of time while in stop-and-go traffic or while cruising down a straight highway.

To safely get these cars to drive through busy city…

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