Next-Generation Ford Fusion Carries Autonomous Technology
The next-generation Ford Fusion could arrive sooner than expected. Even better, it could bring Ford’s new autonomous technology to the road as well. Ford revealed the second-generation Fusion Hybrid with autonomous technology built in towards the end of the December. The sleek style brings a streamlined appearance that looks oddly normal for such futuristic technology.
The unveiling of the next-generation Fusion Hybrid comes with the announcement that the automaker plans to increases its fleet of autonomous vehicles from 30 to 90 cars in 2017. Ford is currently testing the autonomous technology in several states and has plans to expand into the United Kingdom and Germany.
Ford announced that it plans to keep its original goal of launching autonomous cars for ride-sharing services by 2021. The latest technology allows the car to take in data spanning two football fields in each direction.
The Detroit-based automaker has made several major investments, including a $75 million investment in Velodyne, a company that makes LIDAR sensors.
The car’s autonomous technology will take in one terabyte of data for every hour it’s on the road. That data is analyzed by the system located in the trunk.
We here at Packey Webb Ford can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ford’s autonomous technology!