Friday 21 October 2016

Watch Ford's self-driving car conquer a test track at night

Mark O'Beirne

Published 11/04/2016 | 14:48


Ford's self-driving vehicle took to its test track in Arizona at night and passed this latest test with flying colours as you can see.

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Self-driving cars are being put through rigorous tests to ensure that they’re fit for the road. Ford’s latest test sees its vehicle take to the test track at night, a condition that some may not have considered would pose issues.

The darkness means that the car’s cameras are rendered useless, so it relies upon its Lidar laser-scanning technology and a thorough knowledge of the circuit being navigated.

Ford’s Randy Visintainer told Re/code the purpose of the test was to "show the capability to continue to operate in the absence of the camera."

The company expects the first use of autonomous technology to be some kind of mobility or ride service for people who can't drive a car normally rather than a fully-fledged self-driving car. But the end goal is an autonomous vehicle capable of taking to any road in practically any condition.

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