Ford has announced they will be running their very first fully autonomous car by 2021, and it will be run as an ‘Uber’ style car-share vehicle. The car was confirmed as part of the Ford’s Smart Mobility program, which has seen the company invest in new technology partners and double the size of their Sillican Valley R&D team in Palo Alto.
Currently, autonomous vehicles come in a range of different levels, with the lowest just managing to keep the car in the centre of a lane when the driving takes their hands off the wheel. Ford’s first model will be considered level 4, meaning the car will not need pedals or a wheel and the ‘driver’ can have a snooze whilst still in motion.
Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford said, ‘The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago. We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles,” Fields went on to explain.
With over 30 fully self-driving cars in the US, Ford are a serious front runner in the autonomous vehicle race.
Source – http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/tech/ford-commits-to-fully-autonomous-car-by-2021/ – 17/08/2016