Next-Gen Autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid Debuting at CES, NAIAS

The Consumer Electronics Show and North American International Auto Show held this week will see this debut of the next-gen autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The new autonomous Fusion is built on Ford’s previous autonomous platform but features a few upgrades that improve sensing and processing. New computer hardware allows for faster processing speeds, and sensors have been moved and revamped to see around the vehicle more easily.

The Fusion’s new LiDAR sensors were redesigned to have a more targeted field of vision that allows for just two sensors instead of four while taking in the same amount of data. The virtual driver system has also evolved for the new generation.

According to Ford, the autonomous Fusion’s processor will generate a terabyte of data in a single hour, a massive amount that is “more than the average person would use in mobile phone data in 45 years.” The Ford-developed software system then processes the data generated and uses it to tell the car what to do.

Ford’s ultimate goals are to develop a self-driving vehicle that doesn’t require a driver to operate and to make an autonomous vehicle available for sale by 2021. Last August Ford said that unlike most automakers, who believe the auto industry will shift gradually toward autonomous vehicles, Ford believes the entire industry must make the switch in one go.

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Ford Develops Specialized Cupholders for the 2017 Ford Fusion

The 2017 Ford Fusion is set to possess one of the most stylized and intuitive vehicle interiors in the industry. That means making the Ford Fusion more helpful at every level, no matter how small or unexpected.

According to a Ford press release, Ford developed specialized cupholders for the 2017 Ford Fusion.

In order to develop the 2017 Ford Fusion cupholders, Ford examined five categories: bottles fitting inside cupholders, cupholder reach for drivers, cupholder grip, alternate uses for a cupholder, and cup sizes that drivers use.

By examining the problems drivers face with each of these cupholder categories, the team at Ford was able to develop the best possible interior cupholder design!

“Being dissatisfied with your cupholders may be a minor annoyance, but it’s a daily one, which over time detracts from the overall car experience,” said Jolanta Coffey, Ford instrument panel and console manager. “On the other hand, when you like your cupholders, they can make your vehicle feel like home. For Fusion, we set out to develop a beautiful interior, paying attention to the details that make people fall in love and stay in love with their car.”

Advanced cupholders is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to benefits drivers receive when they choose the 2017 Ford Fusion!