Ford says this sensor will make its driverless cars the most advanced in the world

The third-generation sensor is small enough that it can be mounted on the mirrors of a car, but is powerful enough to extend the LiDAR’s range by 200 meters, said Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford, during his company’s CES presentation Tuesday morning. The new sensor, dubbed the “Ultra Puck,” is “elegant in design, but will make a huge impact in advanced autonomous technology,” Fields said. The puck enables a driverless vehicle to create a real-time, 3D map of its surroundings, while enhancing Ford’s software development and testing to handle a broader range of driving scenarios.