Chris Brewer, the chief engineer for Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle Program, has a great post on Medium outlining the major components of Ford’s self-driving car.
Pay attention to the part where he talks about compute platforms and power consumption. That was my team!
Well, to make fully autonomous SAE-defined level 4-capable vehicles, which do not need a driver to take control, the car must be able to perform what a human can perform behind the wheel. Our virtual driver system is designed to do just that. It is made up of:
Sensors — LiDAR, cameras and radar
Algorithms for localization and path planning
Computer vision and machine learning
Highly detailed 3D maps
Computational and electronics horsepower to make it all work
It comes with a nifty video!