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Ford's Automated Hybrid Research Vehicle


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We've shown you cars with all sorts of sensors, and our highways are on the road toward self-driving cars. Now Ford has taken its sensors 360-degrees. This is the automated fusion hybrid research vehicle. The prototype has the normal stuff, like adaptive cruise control, auto parallel parking, and lane-keeping guidance, but it goes further with what it's calling lidar sensors. They use light to bounce off anything within 200 feet. You get a real-time 3D map of your surroundings. They're so sensitive, they can tell if something in the road is a paper bag or a cat from over 100 yards away.

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