Ford Working to Ensure Self-Driving Car Sensors Stay Clean

Nothing is More Important to an Autonomous Car than Its Sensors – But What Happens if They Get Dirty?

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 8:00 am
close up of a self-driving car sensor

Ford Working to Ensure Self-Driving Car Sensors Stay Clean

Even though a big bug splattering against your windshield while you’re cruising down the road in your new Ford car, truck or SUV is annoying, it’s really nothing more than a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. But if that big bug splats up against your self-driving autonomous Ford vehicle’s sensors, well, then you’ll probably have some problems. And that’s exactly why Ford is working overtime to ensure its self-driving cars of the future have sensors that stay clean no matter what happens. And we’re going to take a look at that work right here.

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Why Keeping a Self-Driving Vehicle’s Sensors Clean is So Important – And How It’s Being Done Thanks to the Geniuses at FordFord engineers working on a sensor washer

As we pointed out while having some fun in our introduction, a big bug splattering up against a windshield really isn’t that big of a deal in terms of being able to continue to drive. But imagine that bug is more than big. In fact, imagine a bug the size of your windshield splattering up against it and covering the entire thing with its insides – because then you’re going to have a massive visibility problem. And that’s exactly what happens when a bug splatters up against an autonomous vehicle’s sensors. But what can be done about that? Well, you start by abusing those sensors with anything and everything you can think of – from dirt and dust to bird droppings and the aforementioned bug guts – and see how the sensors react. Once you know that, you can begin to work on solutions to that problem, which is what Ford is doing now by working on creating self-cleaning autonomous car sensors. Considering everything Ford has done throughout its history, we have no doubt they’ll be able to handle some bugs and some bird poop.

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