Ford has announced that it is employing a light ranging and detection system that will give their autonomous cars the ability to drive in the dark.
According to Ford, the lighting system (LiDAR) is further proof that autonomous cars can go above and beyond the capabilities of human drivers.
Similarly, a California start-up has been working on a pioneering LiDAR system they claim will actually be less expensive and yet even more accurate than rival systems, such as the one used by Ford.
The start-up say their system will be priced at just $250.
“For $250, you get a spinning LiDAR sensor with a range of 40 metres,” say the company.
Ford Leading The Way in Autonomous Cars
Ford claim that their own lighting tests in Arizona are “the next step on the company’s journey to delivering fully autonomous vehicles to customers around the globe.
It’s an important development, in that it shows that even without cameras, which rely on light, Ford’s LiDAR – working with the car’s virtual driver software – is robust enough to steer flawlessly around winding roads.”
Autonomous vehicles had already been equipped with other radar, cameras and sensors that lowered the risk of nighttime accidents, but the addition of the LiDAR system certainly strengthens the conviction that self-driving cars will be safe at night.
“Thanks to LiDAR, the test cars aren’t reliant on the sun shining, nor cameras detecting painted white lines on the asphalt,” said Ford.
Ford say they are committed to creating autonomous cars that require zero human intervention.
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