No lights? No problem!

April 13, 2016

Hate driving at night? You’re not alone. According to one survey, as many as one in three motorists refuse to drive after dark.

We are now testing our autonomous research vehicles at night, using only sensors and 3D maps to navigate – with the headlights switched off.

 

This development shows that even without cameras, which rely on light, our LiDAR sensor technology – working with the virtual driver software – is robust enough to steer flawlessly around winding roads.

The testing in Arizona, in the U.S., is the next step on a journey to deliver fully autonomous vehicles to customers around the globe

“The test cars aren’t reliant on the sun shining, nor cameras detecting painted white lines on the asphalt,” says Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles. “In fact, LiDAR allows autonomous cars to drive just as well in the dark as they do in the light of day.”