This week, Ford announced new research partnerships with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University, geared towards developing new technologies for semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles.
The two schools will focus on different research projects. MIT will tackle how an autonomous vehicle can predict where vehicles and pedestrians will move next. The goal is for an autonomous vehicle to have the same reaction as a human behind the wheel - such as upon hearing an emergency vehicle's siren. Stanford will focus on how a vehicle can use sensors to see around objects to get a clearer picture of what's coming ahead before making decision on how to proceed.
“Our goal is to provide the vehicle with common sense. Drivers are good at using the cues around them to predict what will happen next, and they know that what you can’t see is often as important as what you can see. Our goal in working with MIT and Stanford is to bring a similar type of intuition to the vehicle,” said Greg Stevens, global manager for driver assistance and active safety, Ford research and innovation.