Safe and reliable: Those are the watchwords for everything we do at Argo. We are committed to building a self-driving system that, above all else, makes the roads safer for everyone who uses them. But we’re also dedicated to making self-driving work as a business.
As such, every sensor, circuit board, and wire harness that goes into our partners’ autonomous vehicles needs to be manufacturable at scale. They need to be cost-effective. And they need to be automotive grade — meaning they perform consistently at all times of day and in a wide range of weather conditions — from the salty humidity of Miami to the wintry cold of Detroit.
The launch of our fourth generation self-driving system (SDS) on our fleet of Ford Escape Hybrid self-driving test vehicles represents a milestone on this phased journey to safe autonomous driving by positioning us squarely in the productization stage on the way to commercial deployment. It comprises “product intent” components, which mean that they have the functional performance we need, can be manufactured affordably, and offer automotive-grade ruggedness, reliability, and durability.