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Ford Testing Autonomous Fusion in Michigan

The company thinks that it will have the technology ready for 2025

Ford has created an autonomous Fusion Hybrid for testing in Michigan

FordFordFordUnited States of America, 1903 > present92 models
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has teamed up with the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to create an autonomous test version of a Ford FusionFusion Gen.2Ford Fusion Gen.2United States of America, 2012 > present31 versions
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Hybrid. Ford believes that it will have autonomous cars on sale by 2025.

“We see a future of connected cars that communicate with each other and the world around them to make driving safer, ease traffic congestion and sustain the environment,” said Ford Chairman Bill Ford.

Ford says that it will use vehicle to evaluate long- and mid-term automated vehicle technologies. The test vehicle is equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Car-to-car communication allows cars to come together to form lines of vehicles that drive closely together. Vehicle-to-infrastructure allows cars to talk to the grid and affect stoplights and crosswalk signals. Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the University of Michigan is located, is conducting a real world test of vehicle-to-infrastructure technology that the autonomous Fusion will use.

The top has four LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) infrared light sensors that scan the road 2.5 million times a second in all directions. The system bounces infrared light off objects within 200 feet of the vehicle to generate a real-time 3D map.

Automakers like MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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and NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
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claim that they will have autonomous vehicles on sale by 2020. Their belief is that autonomous vehicles will make driving safer and more efficient.

Ford already offers semi-autonomous tech like automatic parking and emergency braking technology on its cars. 

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