Ford Partners with MIT, Stanford for Autonomous Driving Research

By | January 22, 2014
Ford recently unveiled the automated Fusion Hybrid research vehicle as part of the automaker's Blueprint for Mobility, and has recently announced its partnerships with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to further the research. With the new research vehicle and partnerships, Ford hopes to explore different solutions to the major issues posed by fully automated 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. Working with university partners like MIT and Stanford enables us to address some of the longer-term challenges surrounding automated driving while exploring more near-term solutions for delivering and even safer and more efficient driving experience," said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and Vice President, Ford research and innovation, in a recent statement. The automated Fusion Hybrid research vehicle implements technologies already seen on models in Ford's showrooms, along with upgrades in the form of four LiDar sensors to generate a real-time 3D map of the environment surrounding the vehicle. MIT added advanced algorithms to help the vehicle learn to predict where vehicles and pedestrians may be in the future. Stanford is working on how the sensors will see around different obstacles like large trucks. The research would help the vehicle peek ahead and make the appropriate evasive maneuvers if needed. "Our goal is to provide the vehicle with common sense," said Greg Stevens, global manager for driver assistance and active safety, Ford research and innovation, in a statement. "Our goal with working with MIT and Stanford is to bring a similar type of intuition to the vehicle." Source: Ford