Faraday Future spied testing driverless tech

Tesla’s Autopilot technology may rule the roost when it comes to driverless tech, but it’s about to have some more competition. Faraday Future is regarded as one of Tesla’s most important rivals, and although it hasn’t produced a production car yet, it’s already testing its own driverless tech.

New pictures on our sister site Auto Express show a vehicle decked out with driverless tech, and spy photographers are adamant that it’s a Faraday Future test mule. The car pictured is a Lincoln MKZ, but there’s a very good reason that Faraday Future isn’t using one of its own cars – it just hasn’t made any yet.

These spy shots of the driverless Faraday Future mule come just after the Californian Department of Motor Vehicles gave companies such as Google, Apple, Tesla and Ford permission to test driverless vehicles on California’s highways. Although it might not seem that big a deal, it’s actually a huge landmark for driverless tech. Sensor-powered systems like the one Faraday Future is testing work by machine learning, which means they need to collect as much data from the real world as possible.img_5778

To help collect the data, Faraday Future has fitted its Lincoln with modified bodywork to contain a lot of the car’s sensors. The MKZ also features a roof-mounted LIDAR (laser-based radar detection) system. Most semi-autonomous cars feature similar tech, but because the Lincoln is a test mule, it’s hardly the most refined-looking car right now.

When Faraday Future does release its answer to the Tesla Model S, expect it to be far more refined – and probably a very similar size to the Lincoln. If you’ve already heard of Faraday Future, that’s probably because of the FFZERO1, a ridiculous, 1,000hp concept car that the company first unveiled at CES. You can read more about the FFZERO1 here.

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