The American car maker Ford seems to want to start using drones to lead the way for its Ford self driving car. According to a patent application by the company, the drones would, for example, be able to guide the car when it drives off road.
For Ford self driving car, it is currently hard to run on roads without asphalt. It becomes quite difficult when people have to take their cars off road. However, a drone may come forward with help in these type of situations.
“At some point, people are going to want to take their autonomous vehicle into the woods or off road where the drone could guide them,”
said Alan Hall, spokesman for Ford’s in-house technology department.
The idea for the drone came during a brainstorming session of researchers and technicians. The drone will be in the car under normal circumstances. It will fly above the car at the time the car gets it hard and the digital maps are insufficient to support.
Ford organized a contest earlier this year in which programmers had to ensure that a drone took off from a moving car and then flew back again. But one of the ten participants succeeded in it.
However, drones are not the only hope for cars on unknown roads. Cars can also make use of cameras on itself and infrared sensors that allow the cars to be able to look around blind corners or navigate better.