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Ford, Nissan & Google Race to Build Self-Driving Cars

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December 16, 2013



Ford Corporation has released a new Fusion Hybrid that is more autonomously automatized out of visualizations for a future of driverless cars.

Under the Blueprint for Mobility (BFM), by 2050 “75 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, with 50 of those cities projected to have more than 10 million residents.”

The vision Ford wants to introduce involved a blend of “smart transportation with intelligent vehicles and transport systems . . . [where] private car, commercial and public transportation are all connected in ways that save time, conserve resources, lower emissions and improve safety.”

Both the University of Michigan and State Farm have collaborated with Ford to develop this prototype that has “four LiDAR sensors (Light Detection And Ranging) that scan the road 2.5 million times per second. Infrared light bounces off anything within a 200 feet radius, generating a 3D map of the car’s surrounding environment.”

This technology enables the car to “drive itself and ensures it doesn’t hit anything. Even at maximum range, the sensors can detect the difference between a paper bag and small animal, as well as observing and classifying pedestrians, cyclists and stationary objects.”

Just this past summer, Nissan Motor Co unveiled their focus to become the first manufacturer to offer self-driving cars (SDC) to customers by 2020.

Within two vehicle generations and sold at “realistic prices”, consumers can purchase a car that drives itself.
Andy Palmer, executive vice president at Nissan said: “Nissan Motor Co. pledges that we will be ready to bring multiple affordable, energy efficient, fully autonomous-driving vehicles to the market by 2020.”

The SDC version of the Nissan Leaf was presented at a former US military base in Irvine, California.

Technology that has advanced car manufacturers toward SDCs is:
• Adaptive cruise control
• Electronic steering and throttle controls
• Road monitoring capabilities

Nissan has joined forces with Google to endeavor on a marketing campaign to make the new SDC Leaf more attractive to the general public.

Palmer said: “I don’t preclude the possibility of working with Google, or anyone else for that matter.”

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, predicted that by 2017 SDCs would be available to the general public.

Using artificial intelligence, provided by Google and other features such as around view cameras and actuators, Nissan believes that these cars will give ease to complexity in real-world situations.

The auto industry is convinced that SDCs will take over conventional driving. The idea is that these autonomous cars could replace possible human error when operating a vehicle and reduce the amount of accidents and injuries that now occur.

Nissan is also collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Tokyo (UoT) to test and perfect autonomous driving technology.

To create the autonomous car for Google, a Stanford University team invented Stanley . This SDC won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and the $2 million prize from the Department of Defense (DoD).

Ford, Nissan & Google Race to Build Self-Driving Cars
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