Their big mission: to predict the next move and be able to see around corners
NOW they are trying to predict what other vehicles – and pedestrians – will do.
And they want to be able to see around corners. That's what Ford say is its prime agenda in teaming up on automated driving projects with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University.
The MIT research aims to generate technology to predict what other vehicles will do.
The work at Stanford is seeking to find ways to let sensors peek around obstructions
Ford is using its automated Fusion Hybrid research vehicle.
This basic motor uses existing Ford technology. But it adds four special LiDAR sensors and these create a real-time 3D map of the car's surrounding environment.
But the research team is using step-by-step computations ('algorithms') to help predict where moving vehicles and pedestrians could be in the next few seconds, minutes etc.
By doing so, the car – not the driver – gets a better sense of the nearby risks.
Seeing around obstacles sounds crazy but it can be done.
When your view is blocked by something like a big truck, you will nudge out to see what is ahead. Yes?
The Stanford research is working on giving a better picture of what is ahead even if the view is blocked without having to risk being hit by a passing car in the other lane or oncoming traffic.
So if a truck, for example slammed on its brakes, then the car would know if it was safe to pull out on to another lane to avoid colliding with it.