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Ford, Stanford, and MIT Research Giving Self-Driving Cars 'intuition'

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A Ford Fusion hybrid test car used in research on automated driving and other advanced technologies.

Researchers are working with Ford to develop intuition for autonomous vehicles.

Credit: Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor is working with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to give self-driving cars intuition.

For example, an automated vehicle that is behind a big truck would be able to determine what is in front of the truck. Moreover, if the truck slammed on its brakes, the vehicle would know if the area around it is clear to safely change lanes.

"Our goal is to provide the vehicle with common sense," says Ford's Greg Stevens. "Drivers are good at using the cues around them to predict what will happen next, and they know that what you can't see is often as important as what you can see."

Stanford University researchers will examine how a car's LiDAR infrared sensors could see around obstacles so it can make evasive maneuvers when needed.

Ford will work with MIT to generate a three-dimensional map of a vehicle's surrounding environment through the use of LiDAR, and algorithms will be used to help cars predict the location of moving vehicles and pedestrians. The mapping technology potentially could enable cars to plan a safe path for avoiding pedestrians, bicycles, and other vehicles.

From Los Angeles Times
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