Ford’s latest 44-page report titled ‘A Matter of Trust’ might have hinted about its serious thoughts on complete autonomous driving.
At a tie when every other company is trying to get its hand on autonomous driving systems, it is wise for the company to clarify the outline of its future plans in the arena. Apart from its overall philosophy regarding autonomous technologies, the company, in the report has reasonably answered most of the questions that are frequently asked.
In the report, Ford has clarified about its intentions of launching the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) by 2022. Apart from that, the company’s definition of a completely autonomous system includes a car with no pedals and no steering! “…our self-driving vehicles with operate without the need for a driver”, the report reads.
In the report, Ford has clarified about its intentions of launching the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) by 2022
“In fact, the purpose-built self-driving vehicle we plan to introduce in 2021 is designed to operate without a steering wheel, gas or brake pedals. We can do this because we’re applying the technology in the way it is designed to operate, such as using self-driving vehicles for a ride-hailing service within a specifically-defined area of a city and only when the weather is good enough for the sensors to work properly.”
Back in January General Motors had released a similar report which highlighted the company’s stand on autonomous driving technologies. However, Ford in its report says that the company does not intend to race towards being the first one to develop the tech, instead will focus on its quality and safety.
Back in January General Motors had released a similar report which highlighted the company's stand on autonomous driving technologies.
Both the reports that were released by General Motors and Ford, however, serves the same purpose to reassure the NHTSA that safety would be the utmost priority while developing the tech.
The QandA section of the road, however, answers most of the questions and mistrusts that a layman would have about such an advanced yet dangerous tech. In one of the answers, Ford addressed one of Uber’s self-driving that struck and killed a pedestrian.
“Any death on the road is terrible news,” Ford said. “And the recent accident involving a self-driving test vehicle has raised serious questions for all of us working in the field. We are confident in our safety processes and procedures, which we’ve refined over decades of engineering and testing the vehicles we manufacture. We follow our proven safety strategies, including extensive computer simulations and driving on closed-course tracks, before we allow any self-driving test vehicles on public roads. ”