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Ford says new self-driving test vehicle is "launch ready" for 2022 robotaxi service

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October 22, 2020
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by Josh Kern
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The automaker's fourth-generation version of its self-driving test vehicle uses a modified hybrid Ford Escape with a sensor suite and additional battery cells. Notable changes to the sensor suite include near-field lidar sensors, which are becoming economical after new solid-state lidars enter the market. The extra battery cells in the vehicle are a testament to the large power consumption needed by the sensor suite and computing system. Ford, which builds the self-driving platform in collaboration with Argo AI, says this vehicle platform will eventually be used in its robotaxi deployments, which are scheduled to begin in 2022. Clients should keep in mind that autonomous vehicle deployment timelines often get pushed back.

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