Lights out: no need for illumination as car can drive itself in the dark
Published 13/04/2016 | 02:30
The prospect of not needing any light at all to drive a car at night moved closer this week with the news that a vehicle has driven itself in complete darkness.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid tipped around a closed circuit in the dark - with its headlights off. And it completed the trial without a bother, apparently.
It could do so because of what is called LiDAR technology - a series of sensors that make a 3D map of everything around.
It works in tandem with sensors and cameras that already make driverless cars possible.
The big difference is that LiDAR doesn't rely on light while other elements do.
Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles, says LiDAR "allows autonomous cars to drive just as well in the dark as they do in the light of day".