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Ford News: Ford Aims For A Fleet Of Fully Autonomous Vehicles By 2021

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Ford is making a big push in autonomous vehicles by announcing plans to put a fully autonomous car into production by 2021. But you will not be able to buy one. Instead, Ford will be building these vehicles for ride-sharing services.

 

“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," said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO in a statement yesterday.

 

Ford says the vehicles will feature autonomous technology that is classified by the SAE as 'level 4' - a vehicle will perform all critical driving functions and monitor the road during a trip. The company expects their first autonomous vehicles to not have a steering wheel or pedals.

 

To make this goal, Ford will be increasing their autonomous vehicle test fleet to 30 vehicles by the end of the year. Next year will see the company tripling that amount to 90 vehicles. Ford also announced a number of collaborations and investments into various companies that include,

  • Velodyne: Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors
  • SAIPS: Computer vision and machine learning company to help with artificial intelligence and enhancing computer vision
  • Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC: Machine vision company specializing in object recognition
  • Civil Maps: Develops high-resolution 3D maps
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dfelt    1,773

This sounds like a copy of the GM plan for BOLT. Guess GM's investment in Lyft is making others move up their time table.

 

I just hope that they figure out how to hide all the camera's and sensors as the current crop of autonomous auto's are ugly with all the spikes on top and two that we do not end up with butt ugly taxis like in Total Recall.

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