Imagine driving at night on a remote desert road and your car’s headlights fail. No big deal in one autonomous research vehicle. It made its way around Ford’s Arizona proving ground in pitch dark conditions just fine. The Fusion test car uses high resolution 3D maps, radar and lasers to keep it on track even on winding roads. For the record, engineers were on board wearing night-vision goggles for the test. Sensors shoot out 2.8 million laser pulses a second to precisely scan the surrounding environment. “Inside the car, I could feel it moving, but when I looked out the window, I only saw darkness,” said one engineer.
Peugeot-Citroen may be thinking about a return to the U.S. after leaving the market 15 years ago, but it will be a slow return. Automotive News said the company, now known as PSA Group, may enter in some sort of car sharing group to test the demand for its offerings before any retail sales take place. One PSA official has said he wants to sell cars in the U.S. market by 2020.
Kia’s 2017 Sportage has received the highest safety rating possible from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That would be “Top Safety Pick Plus.”