Ford Plans Fully Autonomous Vehicles Without Steering Wheels By 2021

Posted: Aug 17 2016, 11:32am CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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Ford Plans Fully Autonomous Vehicles Without Steering Wheels by 2021
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  • Ford Plans to Bring about a Fleet of Fully Autonomous Ride Sharing Cars by 2021

Ford is planning to introduce these ride sharing cars by the year 2021

Ford is one of the leading companies who are currently focusing on autonomous driving. There are multiple test vehicles run by the company is in order to improve the service for the future.

The company however made an official announcement today according to which it will bring about a collection of autonomous cars that will actually work on the phenomenon of ride sharing.

For this purpose the company has invested in multiple technology teams, companies and is going to be a large part of Silicon Valley too. Ford is collaborating with various status to work on autonomous concept. They are also going to double the Silicon Velley team in order to make a good work force for the project too.

According to Mark Fields the CEO and president of Ford, the next decade will be all about autonomous cars and their driving. This is the reason that Ford Is putting much of its hard work in this domain of transportation.

The autonomous project by Ford will make sure that customers get to have the finest driving experience. They are also planning to lead the autonomous industry by offering the finest kind of autonomous vehicles in town.

According to CEO, the company is making sure to produce the high quality vehicles. Along with that the company will also come forward as the place with high quality mobility and connectivity. They are planning to launch a system in which each customer will be able to ride in a luxury vehicle without owning one.

“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,” said Mark Fields.

“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.”

“Ford has been developing and testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer.

“We have a strategic advantage because of our ability to combine the software and sensing technology with the sophisticated engineering necessary to manufacture high-quality vehicles. That is what it takes to make autonomous vehicles a reality for millions of people around the world.”

This year, Ford will triple its autonomous vehicle test fleet to be the largest test fleet of any automaker – bringing the number to about 30 self-driving Fusion Hybrid sedans on the roads in California, Arizona and Michigan, with plans to triple it again next year.

Ford is one of the first companies to offer the testing of autonomous vehicles which was held in Mcity. M city is University of Michigan’s urban environment.

Ford’s cars will make use of highest quality LIDAR, 3D mapping, radar and camera sensors, and advanced algorithms which will make the journey possible to any place.

“Our presence in Silicon Valley has been integral to accelerating our learning and deliverables driving Ford Smart Mobility,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering.

“Our goal was to become a member of the community. Today, we are actively working with more than 40 startups, and have developed a strong collaboration with many incubators, allowing us to accelerate development of technologies and services.”

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