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The biggest issues will be the choice and location of the sensors. Ford has been working with autonomous Focus Electrics for years (they have a prototype that parks and returns by itself), and now have produced over 100 Fusion Energis with integrated sensors. Ford bought Velodyne and integrated their LIDARs into the "A" pillars as if they were secondary side mirrors. The cameras are integrated into roof rails. So if you see a Ford Fusion Energi with tall roof rails and a second pair of "side mirrors" (above the true mirrors), then those are autonomous. I expect the future autonomous Bolts having a similar or better integration.
The software is secondary, but Ford has been working on that, too. Instead of using premapped routes (which is what GM has been using), the Fords can analyze real road conditions (including with snow and rain) to avoid obstacles and need no maps to navigate, only for directions. So the Ford system can drive where there are no maps, and is driven for the first time anywhere.
I do hope that will all the autonomy work going on, the SAE, which does the "standardization" for all vehicles, will choose the best features of each system and establish a new standard that all future vehicle can have, thus the final system will have 100% compatible between different brands and models on our roads.
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