A Fusion Hybrid self-driving car navigated dark desert roads with no headlights

A Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle headed out onto dark desert roads recently with no headlights. This test, performing a task that would be dangerous for a human driver, marked the next step in the company's journey to deliver fully autonomous cars to customers around the world.

The self-driving car concept has night vision, eliminating the need to spend energy on lighting the way ahead and allowing for a completely different experience while traveling in the car at night. This development could also improve road safety, as National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data has found that the fatality rate during dark hours is about three times higher than the daytime rate.

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