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Ford plans to have a fleet of self-driving cars by 2021

By Kenny Yeo - on 17 Aug 2016, 10:25am

Ford plans to have a fleet of self-driving cars by 2021

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Many automakers are working on self-driving cars, but Ford is probably the first to commit to them on such a scale.

The company just announced that it will build a fleet of self-driving cars, without steering wheels and pedals, by 2021.

These cars will be put into service in hail and ride, and car-sharing services. Presumably, Ford will target services like Uber and Lyft.

To achieve this target, Ford has invested in Velodyne, a company that specializes in LIDAR sensors; and also 3D mapping startup Civil Maps. It has also acquired SAIPS, an Israeli-based company whose specialty is in computer vision and machine learning.

Ford also said that it will expand its R&D facilities in Silicon Valley, and double its research team there by the end of the year.

That said, there's still the hurdle of government regulation. And earlier this year, Ford, Google and Uber, teamed up to form an autonomous car lobbying group.

Source: The Verge

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