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Published on August 6th, 2016 | by James Ayre

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Spotted: Faraday Future Mule Outfitted With LIDAR Sensors On Roof

August 6th, 2016 by
 

What appears to be a Faraday Future Lincoln-MKZ-based prototype/mule outfitted with rooftop-mounted LIDAR sensors was recently spotted outside of the company’s California headquarters, according to recent reports.

The images seem to show that the firm’s autonomous driving technology goals are continuing to move forward. As many will recall, Faraday Future was previously (a while back now) granted the right, by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, to test autonomous driving technologies in the state’s highways.

That fact provides some clear reasoning for why the company is utilizing a rooftop-LIDAR setup during testing, but why the Lincoln MKZ mule to begin with?

According to Auto Express, it’s because “the MKZ’s size means it is ideal for testing the driverless system, as well as its electric drivetrain.”

Here’s more from that coverage, providing some background: “Faraday Future has in the past vowed to give Tesla a run for its money with a range of electric cars based on a scalable modular platform. The company also revealed the bonkers 986 bhp FFZERO1 concept — based on that scalable platform — at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. The first EV from the brand that will actually reach showrooms will be a Tesla Model S rival, although it’s not expected to debut for at least another year.”

A year from now would probably be quite an optimistic guess, though, as the company has essentially revealed nothing substantial publicly yet. Maybe the company will actually come right on time, though, and I’m still just bitter about the overhyped 2016 Consumer Electronics Show presentation.

Related:

Interviewing Faraday Future’s SVP of R&D, Nick Sampson

Faraday Future Opens Up About Mule Testing

Tesla & Google Disagree About LIDAR — Which Is Right?

Tesla Spotted Driving With LIDAR On Top


 

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