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  • 25 February 2014, 8:04

Ford's Self-Driving Car Produces 3D Road Map

A self-driving car that takes 2.5 million measurements every second has been unveiled by Ford.

The autonomous vehicle, which took a decade to design and build, is equipped with four infrared light sensors mounted to a roof rack.

The sensors constantly scan the road, searching for objects including other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and small animals.

These measurements are turned into a real-time 3D map that is fed into the car's on-board computers.

Speaking ahead of the car's launch at Mobile World Congress, Stephen Odell, executive vice president of Ford, said: "Our automated research car represents a vital step toward our vision for the future of mobility.

"We see a future of connected cars that communicate with each other and the world around them to make driving safer, ease traffic congestion and sustain the environment."

Ford is also developing software that predicts how pedestrians and other vehicles will move, as well as techniques that allow sensors to see around stationary objects.

However, the company is not the first to unveil a self-driving car.

Google has been testing a driverless version of the Toyota Prius on public roads in California since September 2012, and has clocked up more than 300,000 miles without a major crash.

Autonomous pods are expected to run on pavements in Milton Keynes by 2015.

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