Ford denies that its engineers sleep testing its autonomous vehicles


Ford Fusion hybrid, the prototypes employed by Ford for these tests.

But Ford quickly has denied, in a recent article in Bloomberg reports a a problem the company is facing during the development of their autonomous vehicles on level 4, that is to say, completely self-contained and do not require a driver for any action or maneuver, apparently, their engineers are asleep on the seat of the vehicle during the days of testing.

According to the same article, the mark has installed various devices to try to prevent the engineers to sleep while monitoring the operation of the vehicle. From install alarms acoustic and luminous of various types, and even mount a second engineer, but apparently all has been in vain, the sleepiness of the quiet ride they can.

Bloomberg quotes the same Raj Nair, head of product development for Ford, as the source of this information, pointing to several statements from the executive point out that it is very complex to maintain for a long time situational awareness.

“Are trained engineers who are observing what is happening,” according to Nair in a recent interview. “But it is in the human condition begin to be more and more confident and that makes you feel that you don’t need to pay attention.”

According to Bloomberg, this effect has caused that Ford has taken the radical decision of remove the controls altogether in their future autonomous vehicles. That is to say, that in theory, the Ford-employed persons who reach the dealers do not have frills or pedals, completely eliminating the human being from the equation.

In regards to the engineers who were behind the wheel of these prototypes today are asleep we can not specify whether it is true or not, Ford at the moment denies. However, if we try to imagine the be hours at the wheel without having literally nothing else to do than to observe the operation of the vehicle, we are not surprise at all that someone were to feel, as little, sleepy.


Moments of the preparation of these prototypes.

What has been pointed out by Ford is that “high levels of automation without the ability for complete autonomy could provide a false sense of security , and that this represents a challenge for the driver to be able to recover the full consciousness and the control of the vehicle if a situation arises in which the technology may not work”, as before a possible accident.