The escape hybrid is still being developed for autonomous driving, not for commercial sale. It promises to upgrade sensor technology, but it also provides a cleaner route for Ford’s planned final driverless service.

, “the system we have added to the latest testing vehicles is the” launch intention “. We think the components needed to support commercialization,” explains John Davis, chief engineer of Ford autopilot. Although it may be fitted with sensors, and has a variety of lidars and other gadgets, the heart of the new Argo AI car is still an escape hybrid. < / P > < p > this should mean that Ford can quickly move from testing and testing to launching the final autonomous car service. This is significantly different from the strategy of competitors such as GM’s cruise AV, which has developed a customized electric car for its future self driving taxi service. In the spacious compartment of cruise origin, which was announced earlier this year, there are no traditional controls at all. < / P > < p > Ford and Argo AI will not build something from scratch, but will use the familiar base of escape hybrid. Davis said the electric crossover was refitted with an oversized high-voltage battery pack, which helps power the extra technology on board. < / P > < p > other key changes revolve around the sensors it is equipped with and how they differentiate from the test vehicles of the old fusion hybrid. For example, there is a new, long-range lidar that has a 128 beam system with a higher resolution. It is mounted on the top of the SUV for 360 degree scanning. At the same time, the new far-field camera and short-range lidar can scan the front and side of the car. Ford says the rear sensor kit has more features. Together, they should improve the detection of stationary and moving objects, such as passing vehicles or riders. < / P > < p > at the same time, some other changes increase the usability of test vehicles under different conditions. “It’s very important to keep our sensors free from rain, dust, debris and even insects to ensure that our vehicles can better ‘see’ the world around them in a variety of challenging conditions,” Davis explained. So, there’s a new forced air cleaning room system around camera lenses and lidar sensors that can be used to remove dust and dirt. < / P > < p > “with our fourth generation test car, we have everything the vehicle needs to steadily roll out our autopilot service,” Davis concluded. “We are confident that we are on the road to delivering safe, reliable and affordable services.” Ford will integrate the new fourth generation into its existing street trials in Austin, Detroit, Miami, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., but it is not known when commercial services may actually be launched. Apple extends AppleCare + purchase period: users can decide within 60 days