Ford is now officially registered to begin testing self-driving cars on public roads in California.
Starting next year, a fleet of self-driving Fusions will begin testing around the company’s Palo Alto reaearch and innovation center with a team of over 100 researchers working on the project. This testing is part of Ford’s 10-year self-driving vehicle plan.
“Our Palo Alto team has grown significantly this year, using research and innovation to explore and develop future mobility solutions,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We’re attracting top talent from around the world to join our team in Silicon Valley, including employees from local technology companies and universities who want to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves.”
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Currently, the Silicon Valley office is testing a number of systems, including virtual interaction between self-driving cars and pedestrians, fusing together the information from a number of sensors and camera-based pedestrian detection.
Ford is also working with Riders for Health to collect GPS data and mapping coordinates in rural Africa, to help make the delivery of health care and vaccines more efficient.
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