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Drive On: Ford says cars will only get smarter

USA Today -- How smart are cars getting? Ford says the new Fusion sedan has 70 on-board computers. It was only about five years ago that a Lexus executive boasted to us that their latest model had more than 30, then, the the cutting edge.

It's not just computers. If those are the brains, the eyes and ears of the 2013 Fusion are its 145 actuators, 4,716 signals and 74 sensors.

They are what make the car's radar, sonar, cameras, accelerometers and temperature readings operate. They also can detect moisture for the rain-sensing wipers or tell the car how further back it can go when automatically backing into a space.

Together, those sensors produce more than 25 gigabytes of data per hour. Sounds like that is only the start.

"So far we've just scratched the surface of what is possible," ...


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Submitted Dec 23, 2012 By: brbaritone
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honda0105
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blu: one ring to rule them all....?
blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 12:46:20 PM

why so many computers? Why not just one to control everything?
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 9:05:00 AM

Can't say the same about drivers, can we?
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Merry Christmas to All!
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Good luck tracking down tech problems.
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 1:00:35 AM

Cars are already smarter than the texting and drunk driver.
1006
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 5:46:04 PM

can be helpful, but can be distracting
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 10:45:16 AM

And proportionately the drivers are getting dumber. All that stuff makes you more careless and costs more money.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 7:26:32 AM

just what we need. vehicles that are smarter than the people driving them....
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 6:31:21 AM

Awesome. We want them to get smarter.
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 5:03:01 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 4:31:06 AM

And more expensive.
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 3:49:52 AM

Then try having an intermittent short. Cable connections are at risk, took me a year to track one down.
The author is only a little confused about what is a sensor.
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 1:52:41 AM

Soon, cars will be able to drive themselves.
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 1:12:59 AM

What if one of it gets defective? Car will get cranky and you what's going to happen next...
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 1:07:01 AM

This is true--cars are getting smarter. Unfortunately, drivers are getting dumber at a faster rate.
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 12:23:54 AM

COOL
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 12:04:31 AM

Very interesting.
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I can't figure out if all this new technology is neat or scary.
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2012 12:02:23 AM

Who cares???
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OK, whatever...
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:57:57 PM

It seems to me that sometimes all these "smarts" dumbs down the driver.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:57:06 PM

More thing to go wrong!!
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Soon you will need the geek squad to work on you car.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:54:30 PM

70 computers or 70 chips and programs running in the conputer?
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:54:05 PM

and drivers more incompetant.
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Hope they do not burp.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:48:47 PM

And more expensive.
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They had better out of sheer self defense.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:41:05 PM

Big brother is watching
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:38:09 PM

“. . . Fusion sedan has 70 on-board computers.”

That sounds like at least 69 too many and probably 70 too many. I want to be in charge of my vehicle, not have it doing its own thing.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:37:32 PM

Cars are getting to the point, were they can drive themselves.
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Gotta love technology.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:34:22 PM

Does that mean drivers are getting dumber?
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:32:46 PM

No way...
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:32:19 PM

Is this because drivers are being more careless?
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Good
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:29:42 PM

Is that always good?
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:27:16 PM

Ok
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I want to be the Master of my car.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:23:12 PM

Well, you can't do anything about STUPID and that's what most drivers are.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:21:30 PM

and yet drivers get into accidents
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except GM
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:15:22 PM

And drivers will get dumber thinking that the car will do it for them. ugh.
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Seventy things that can break and leave you stranded...
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ok
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cars can already parallel park on their own. before long, nobody will ever need to actually touch a steering wheel again.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:10:42 PM

More to go wrong.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:10:31 PM

Much more computing power than the space shuttles had.
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Good.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2012 11:09:54 PM

Smarter cars for dumber people
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