Anton Andres / Ford | April 07, 2017 06:26
Don't expect full autonomous cars anytime soon, says Ford VP
We won't be seeing full autonomous cars reach the mainstream just yet. That is according to Ken Washington, Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering.
Washington said that sales of autonomous cars might not be available to individual consumers just yet. A more widespread roll out of these cars is to be expected within five to ten years after the first fleet implementation, adds the executive.
The automaker does believe in autonomous driving solutions as they aim to tackle challenges such as increasing congestion, worsening air quality and changing consumer attitudes. Aside from that, Ford is also developing more advanced artificial intelligence computers for their cars that are currently undergoing testing.
Ford's vice president for R&D admits there are hurdles in the way of full autonomy.
“It’s really hard to guess and predict the pace of the technology. Our current view is the adoption rates will be relatively gradual,” said Washington.
Last year, Ford Motor Company announced that by 2021, they will be launching fully autonomous vehicles for commercial operation such as ride hailing and /or ride sharing as part of the Ford Smart Mobility plan. With it, the company intends to be at the top of the autonomous vehicle fields and in ride sharing. In more recent news, the automaker has begun testing in public, acquired 3D mapping company Civil Maps and invested $1 billion in Argo AI.