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Ford will begin testing its business model for autonomous vehicles in 2018

13 January 2018

The automaker announced on Tuesday a partnership with Postmates, the delivery service darling of Silicon Valley, to test deliveries in its self-driving cars.

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.

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

The announcements focus on providing cities with cloud services to better understand the autonomous vehicles zooming around their streets, building hardware for vehicles to communicate with one another, and testing new services that are powered by self-driving cars. "It puts us in a great position to scale quickly" for the robotaxi business Ford plans to launch by 2021, Farley said. Initially, of course, such vehicles will feature human oversight/drivers, but will later transition to full autonomy, ideally.

X The automaker is adding delivery service Postmates to existing partnerships with Domino's Pizza (DPZ) and Lyft, while it's teaming up with chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM) to ramp up work on smart, connected cars.

"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".

Ford is ramping its autonomous vehicle program in 2018, with plans to expand testing its cars in a new city this year.

"Earth to Ford: what part of sustainability do you not understand?" The latest agreement would add Postmates - which aims to offer local delivery of essentially any item - and its network of 250,000 businesses in 250 cities.

Marakby and Farley said the power demands from computers and sensors can cut the range of an all-electric self-driving auto by half.

The company also said it will use Waze navigation software.

General Motors Co has trained its resources on developing self-driving, all-electric vehicles for use as taxis in big cities.

"We're just beginning this conversation", Hackett said.

Waymo, Alphabet Inc's self-driving vehicle unit, is launching its first public tests in the suburbs of Phoenix.

Ford will begin testing its business model for autonomous vehicles in 2018