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Ford's Fusion Hybrid research car will explore our driverless future

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Ford is convinced that autonomous cars are the future, and it's putting its money where its mouth is by unveiling a Fusion Hybrid variant built solely for researching driverless-car technology. The experimental machine boosts existing driver-assistance tech with four LIDAR sensors that create a 3D map of the vehicle's surroundings; while the data will only improve driver awareness in the short term, it should eventually help the car navigate on its own. Ford isn't planning a production version, so don't look for a robotic Fusion at your local dealership anytime soon. However, the project should be invaluable for translating autonomous-driving concepts into practical realities.

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