Ford patent application cleverly hides lidar in side mirrors

Most self-driving cars we see testing on the road today are covered in all sorts of devices, which are required to enable said autonomy. But a new patent application from Ford might have those cars looking more like the ones we can buy today.

A Ford patent application for an “autonomous vehicle lidar mirror” was recently published online. The application is pretty straightforward — instead of mounting lidar emitters, one of the key pieces of hardware in many autonomous-vehicle platforms, on the vehicle itself, the emitters are instead hidden in the car’s side mirrors.