Posted by Lindsey Schutters
The autonomous car isn’t far off: Faraday Future finally have a working car and the company demonstrated the FF91’s considerable autonomous talents. Specs are impressive with a sub-3 second 0-100 km/h and power output in excess of 780 kW, but what really sets it apart from the Tesla that it just scalped for title of fastest accelerating electric production car is the retractable lidar sensor. Lidar gives machines faster and more accurate depth perception as well as a practical view of the world around it. The system essentially shoots lasers and reads the return signal, all at the speed of light. Ford employs a very compact lidar unit on the roof of its Fusion autonomous cars it’s testing for the likes of Uber and broad adoption of this technology will underpin the second wave of self-driving car development.