The future is here. While self-driving cars may have seemed like something from a fantasy novel just a year or two ago, Ford is actively working on putting autonomous vehicles on the streets of at least one city by 2021. Here is what Ford’s self-driving vehicles will look like and how they operate.
At least in the beginning stages, Ford’s autonomous cars are going to be severely limited in their access to the world. While the vehicle is not going to have a steering wheel, a gas pedal, or a brake pedal, it will be limited to certain areas within a city.
Ford will enter specific maps into the vehicles, and the cars will only be able to operate in that specific map. They will also initially be restricted to only optimal conditions, so the cars may not operate when the weather is less than ideal.
The autonomous vehicle will be limited to ride-sharing fleets, but Ford’s goal is to eventually offer the cars to the public as well.
Although the process may seem a bit slow, we have come a long way in the automotive industry. From electric cars to self-driving vehicles, it is a very exciting time to be alive.