Published: 02 Dec 2016

Test of autonomous cars set to start in 2017 in Europe

Since developing self-driving cars at its Research and Innovation Centre in the United States, Ford has announced that 2017 sees the programme rolled out on European roads. Ahead of a planned launch to the public in 2021, the Mondeo inspired models currently are part of a 30 strong fleet.

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A key part of the expansion of the programme is to ensure that the self-driving systems can adapt to any road environment faced and not just the Californian highway systems currently used. Speaking about the increase of the programme Thomas Lukaszewicz, Automated Driving for Ford of Europe manager, commented “Rules of the road vary from country to country here, traffic signs and road layouts are different, and drivers are likely to share congested roads with cyclists.”

Confirming that the United Kingdom will be included in the programme and based as part of its base in Essex, Ford also announced that R&D centres in Aachen and Cologne in Germany will also be used as testing centres.

Looking into how drivers spend their free time in automated cars Ford found that drivers expect to spend time making calls, watching television and eating on the move. Discover the latest Ford new car range at Jennings Ford with branches in Middlesbrough, Gateshead and Stockton. Alternatively, call 0333 414 9750 to speak to a Ford expert today. 

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