Ford Partners With Stanford, MIT on Automated Cars

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Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) –- Ford Global Manager for Driver Assistance Greg Stevens discusses Ford’s partnership with Stanford and MIT to help break through some of the challenges facing self-driving vehicles. He speaks to Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Now from washington, d.c. what does this announcement mean for you guys?

We've been talking about how self driving cars are pretty much still years down the road.

What does this partnership actually involved?

It's really a tremendous, revolutionary technology, this automated driving.

To really make progress, we need to leverage some of the best minds in the field.

Previously, we have announced that we are working with the university of michigan to really develop the sensors and the brains on our automated driving vehicle, and now we have announced that we are bringing in stanford and m.i.t. to leverage their expertise to help us in figuring out some of the challenges of getting computers to take on some of the driving tasks that currently humans do fairly well.

What are the biggest challenges to getting self driving cars on the road?

Is it "we do not know where pedestrians are going to be going?" is it potential road hazards?

Is it what other cars are doing?

There's lots and lots of challenges.

The two specific ones we chose and what stanford and m.i.t.. the stanford one is to have our sensors know not only what they can see but also what they cannot see because maybe their view is blocked by a big truck ahead.

We want to have our vehicle maneuver so that our sensors can get a peek around either the right side or left side of the vehicle to see what is around in case something like an emergency accident avoidance situation happens with the vehicle would suddenly need to steer into that area.

And you guys actually have a ford fusion automated research vehicle right now.

What is the capability of that car?

How will this research be incorporated?

That vehicle has really advanced sensors.

It is hybrid fusion we have taken and put for scanners on the roof, and they actually are lit a laser sensor -- they actually are a laser sensor that uses light like backdoor dolphins used sound, by sending a signal, waiting for did come back, and using that to judge how far everything is around us.

Using that, we can make really accurate 3-d maps of the world and see in great detail where all the obstacles are around us.

In terms of a timeframe, people always say years -- many years, but can you be more specific about when you guys think self-driving cars might actually be on the road?

Our perspective at ford is that it will be a progression.

It will roll out -- automated driving will roll out in a series of stages.

We have active park assist that can do all the steering for you to park you and a parallel parking slot, and we have adaptive cruise control that can do all the acceleration and braking to main your distance from other traffic.

We can take those features and eve all them to next-generation features where we take over more and more of the driving tasks.

We see in that way we will get experience as to what works and what does not work, and likewise, customers will get experience as to what they see ads value and where they see that value is not added.

Fascinating research you guys are working on.

Thank you.

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