June 12 Ford Motor Co. announced that its self-driving vehicles will be tested on the streets of Detroit and its surroundings in Yorktown.
According to the representative of Argo AI, Ford car manufacturing division, the new third-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid, was a step closer to mass production.
New models are equipped with an improved set of sensors, a new radar system and a camera with a higher resolution and a large dynamic range.
“When trying to see an object that’s very far away, a lower resolution camera may only be able to represent it as a pixel or two,” writes Argo AI, “But with higher resolution, you may be able to get a dozen pixels out of the same far away object. In concert with upgraded software, this means our vehicles are getting better at seeing what’s farther ahead and classifying what it is.”
It should be noted that the software in the car is relatively more powerful than that used in older models, and the improved climate control system helps regulate the temperature and noise inside the car.
According to Ford management, Detroit is the perfect place to test cars.
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