Published: 27 Sep 2016

Fully autonomous Ford cars due by 2021

With Ford increasing resources into its Palo Alto Research and Innovation Centre, the legendary manufacturer has announced that it is planning to introduce a fleet of ride-sharing cars to the road in 2021. A fleet of 30 Ford Mondeo cars is said to be currently involved in the testing programme.

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Operating an automated taxi service that will be without a driver and steering wheel, the ride sharing scheme is set to feature four levels of autonomy allowing it to be driven on any road minus traditional driver input of pedals and a steering wheel. Speaking about the programme, CEO of Ford, Mark Fields likened the innovation to Henry Ford in the early part of the last century "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”, adding "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."

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