Ford And Argo AI Launch Their Third-Gen Autonomous Fusion Hybrid

Ford and Argo AI have introduced their third-generation of autonomous vehicles.

Based on the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the car has been equipped with a “significantly upgraded sensor suite” that includes new cameras and radar sets. Argo AI says the cameras are higher resolution and feature a greater dynamic range. This enables them to better recognize objects that are far away.

Besides the sensor suite upgrades, the car has been equipped with a brand-new computing system that “offers far more processing power” than its predecessor. It runs upgraded software and features improved thermal management systems that create less heat and noise. This is important as no one wants to ride in a hot and noisy autonomous vehicle.

Ford and Argo AI are also working to make autonomous vehicles safer. As part of this effort, third-generation models have been equipped with redundant braking and steering systems. This allows them to safely pull over and stop, in the event of a malfunction.

Argo AI President, Peter Rander, says the third-generation vehicles are a “step closer to production specification.” While the company still has a way to go, the new models will be deployed in Pittsburgh, Palo Alto, Miami and Washington, D.C. The company will also expand its Michigan testing to include Detroit.

Also Read: Ford Teases Purpose-Built Autonomous Vehicle, Will Only Have Level 4 Tech

In a seemingly backhanded compliment, Rander said “Detroit roads don’t have a singular defining feature.” While that sounds bad, he’s referring to the fact that Detroit streets are a hodgepodge of everything as there’s unmarked lanes, narrow side streets with parked cars and residential neighborhoods with overhanging tree branches.

The tests will help to further refine the technology as Ford is preparing to introduce a purpose-built autonomous vehicle in 2021. It is slated to have a Level 4 semi-autonomous driving system which will enable the model to drive itself in “a specifically-defined area of a city and only when the weather is good enough for the sensors to work properly.”

 

more photos...
Canadian Cop Is In The Right Place At The Right Time

This Honda Civic driver probably won’t be cutting into traffic in the future.

New Limited Edition Bugatti Reportedly Debuting At Pebble Beach

This new Bugatti model could follow on from the Divo and one-off La Voiture Noire.

2020 Mercedes AMG GT R Black Series Wants To Become Porsche’s Worst Nightmare

New variant of the Mercedes AMG GT will become their fastest-accelerating model to date.

BMW Could Develop Stand-Alone M Models

The head of BMW’s M division says he would love to make an M hypercar.

2020 Rezvani Tank Is All-New, Will Have A Supercharged V8 With 1000+ HP

The upcoming Tank Military Edition will feature protection from electromagnetic pulses.

VW ID Batteries To Be Backed By Eight-Year Warranty

VW’s ID batteries powering its future electric vehicles will be covered by a 100,000 mile warranty.

2020 Lexus GX Puts BMW’s Massive Kidney Grille To Shame, Adds Off-Road Package

The aging Lexus GX, which has been around since 2009, has now undergone a modest makeover.

Elderly Man Rockets Down Footpath In Car, Amazingly No One Gets Hurt

Witnesses say the car drove past at some 28 mph, knocking over cafe chairs and other items.

Some Buyers Bring Really Weird Things On Test Drives, Including 12-Foot Snakes

Many people tend to bring their pets along, which range from dogs to cats to reptiles.

Aston Martin Confirms ‘Valhalla’ Name For AM-RB 003 Hypercar

The Valhalla will help Aston Martin carry on its long-standing tradition of V-named cars.