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Ford brings new Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle to CES

New sensors, computer software and hardware in the second-generation Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle bring Ford one step closer to delivering self-driving cars to ride hailing services in 2021.

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Three years after the release of the first-generation Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle, Ford is releasing the second-generation vehicle with upgrades to sensors, electrical controls and computer hardware.

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Advancements in Lidar technology have the new car running two sensors instead of four like the previous vehicle.

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The hockey-puck-sized Lidar sensors are mounted off of the Fusion Hybrid's front pillars.

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The brains of Ford's virtual driver system are located in the Fusion's trunk where it processes 1 terabyte of data an hour.

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