Ford to test deliveries by driverless cars

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Ford has announced a new partnership with the delivery service Postmates centered around the self-driving vehicle sector.

In a slew of announcements made at the CES in Las Vegas this week, the vehicle maker detailed how it plans to transition into an automotive and mobility company - something it has been talking about for a while. The idea is that Ford will eventually launch and operate its fleet of autonomous vehicles, and that partners including those listed above will be able to essentially plug into the fleet and use it as they would their current delivery drivers and vehicles, with communications protocols and intelligent dispatch built into Ford's vehicle management system.

Through this study, Ford plans to get a better understanding of how customers will want to interact with delivery vehicles and what neighborhoods they'll feel safe walking out to the curb to retrieve a meal. Plans call for testing of packaged and goods delivery via self-driving cars to begin later in 2018.

"In an address at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas, Farley outlined a concept for self-driving vehicles to pick up and deliver packages from multiple small businesses on a single trip".


In related news, GM/Cruise, Waymo/Google, and many others are now working to bring similar services to market within the near future.

The company also said it will use Waze navigation software.

While autonomous vehicles can be purchased by individuals, recent deals with Uber, Lyft, and now Postmates indicate that investors see the technology's biggest potential in the wider commercial environment. Ford says its autonomous vehicles will start ferrying meals and groceries sometime this quarter, though there's no word yet on what city the service will debut in.

Ford also announced a cloud-based smart city platform, created to facilitate communication between various transportation methods and services operating within them, including individual vehicle data. We also send freebies and lots of other goodies exclusively to our email subscribers.

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