Last month, Ford ambitiously promised that it'd have fully autonomous cars operating in a ride-sharing service by 2021. If you want to own a self-driving Ford, though, you'll have to wait a few more years because Ford is targeting 2025 as the year it puts autonomous cars on sale.
that Ford CEO Mark Fields promised in a press conference Monday that the company would have an affordable self-driving car on the market by 2025. This is all part of Ford's Smart Mobility Plan, which was announced last year.
"We're dedicated to putting autonomous vehicles on the road for millions of people, not just those who can afford luxury cars," said Fields. "We believe this next decade is really going to be defined by the automation of the automobile"
Fields also announced that Ford will begin taxiing employees in fully autonomous cars at its Dearborn, Michigan headquarters in 2018, . This pilot program at its headquarters will inform its development of a "," or fully autonomous car. Currently, Ford is testing Fusions (pictured above) equipped with six long- and short-range radars, five cameras, and four LiDAR units.
This comes as competition to put self-driving cars on the road is intensifying: GM has partnered with ride-sharing service Lyft to develop autonomous taxis, Uber has recently started testing self-driving Volvos in Pittsburgh, and there are countless others. If Ford wants to meet these ambitious goals, there will be a lot of lost weekends in Dearborn over the next few years.