Ford has revealed the next step in its Blueprint for Mobility project: a Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle, which will be used to make progress on future automated driving and other advanced technologies for 2025.
The new vehicle is built upon a decade of Ford automated driving research and will play an important role in testing current and future sensing systems and driver-assist technologies. Ford aims to push development of these technologies forward with its supplier partners in the hopes of applying the features to its next generation of vehicles.
“In the future, automated driving may well help us improve driver safety and manage issues such as traffic congestion and global gridlock, yet there are still many questions that need to be answered and explored to make it a long-term reality,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of Ford Global Product Development.
With the unique Fusion Hybrid, Ford will be able to test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- to mid-term deployment.