Ford Motor Company Offers Auto Car Service to Employees

Sep 14, 2016 05:11 AM EDT | Irene Cabrera


Ford Motor Company has announced that it will start carrying its employees in autonomous cars around their Dearborn campus in 2018.

This is part of the Michigan-based automaker giant's plan to have a more autonomous future, having provided plans in recent weeks on how they can bridge the gap between semi-autonomous cars and no longer having the need to have drivers drive cars, according to the Detroit News.

It promised to offer a high-volume, commercial ride-sharing service with the use of driverless cars without pedals and steering wheels in 2021 last month. It also said it would develop a bicycle ride-sharing and hailing shuttle services late last week.

And on Monday, it presented on a 11/2-mile stretch of Dearborn's public roads a fully autonomous Fusion Hybrid white sedans, which were equipped with two long-range radars, four short-range radars, four LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors and five cameras.

For the next five years, Ford Motor Company said that it will be taking a slower approach when introducing new self-driving vehicles after spending decades on research. "We've not been able to do that with cameras and radar," Mr. Nair said of Autopilot, according to the New York Times. "Not to the safety level we would be comfortable for introducing that into production."

The car manufacturing giant's Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields has stressed that it will release its fleet of self-driving cars to the public by 2025, with the aim of decreasing the costs enough to make autonomous vehicles that are reasonably priced.

Fields says that the self-driving vehicles will be made available for people to buy it themselves following the start of sales for robot taxis to ride by the year 2021. "We're dedicated to putting autonomous vehicles on the road for millions of people, not just those who can afford luxury cars," he said, according to Dallas News.

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