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The future is coming fast. Those with progressive attitudes will fare far better than those entrenched in their silly and antiquated notions of tradition.

The robot car wars moved up a gear on Tuesday when Ford announced it would produce a fleet of driverless cars for ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, by 2021.

Mark Fields, Ford’s president and chief executive, said the next decade would be “defined by automation of the automobile” and the switch to driverless travel would affect society as much as the introduction of the assembly line, allowing mass-produced cars, did a century ago.

“We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles,” he said in a speech to workers in Silicon Valley.

Ford, which last month warned it was considering closing factories in the UK due to concerns about the effects of Brexit, said it would double the size of its Silicon Valley testing and research facility to turn Fields’ vision into reality.

The company said its new cars would be fully automated – with no steering wheels or pedals – rather than producing a partly autonomous model like those made by Tesla, Audi and BMW that can self-steer and control speed via sensors on highways. In an effort to catch up with Apple and Alphabet (Google’s parent company), which have both been working on the development of driverless cars for some years, Ford announced a series of investments in automation and sensor technology.

“Ford has been developing and testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years,” Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technical officer, said. “We have a strategic advantage because of our ability to combine the software and sensing technology with the sophisticated engineering necessary to manufacture high-quality vehicles. That is what it takes to make autonomous vehicles a reality for millions of people around the world.”

The 113-year-old company said the new cars, which will be designed at its research facility in Palo Alto, California, were being “specifically designed for commercial mobility services, such as ride-sharing and ride-hailing, and will be available in high volumes”. The company did not state if it planned to go into partnership with Uber or Lyft, as other carmakers have, but said it was exploring all options.

It expects to have 30 test self-driving Fusion Hybrid cars on the road in California, Arizona and Michigan this year, and 90 next year.

The company, which opened its Palo Alto research facility just last year, said it would double the size of its development team to 260 by the end of 2017.

“Our goal was to become a member of the community,” Ken Washington, Ford’s head of research and advanced engineering, said. “Today, we are actively working with more than 40 startups, and have developed a strong collaboration with many incubators, allowing us to accelerate development of technologies and services.”

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Odds are we will get there sooner and more safely.

It is not possible here in Miami to drive at anything near the speed limit at the usual daily drivetimes.

What will force people to eventually get self-driving cars is that the insurance rates on traditional cars will be so high that only the very rich will be able to afford them.

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Mercedes-Benz-F-015-Luxury-in-Motion-Con

 

 

 

The future is coming fast. Those with progressive attitudes will fare far better than those entrenched in their silly and antiquated notions of tradition.

The robot car wars moved up a gear on Tuesday when Ford announced it would produce a fleet of driverless cars for ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, by 2021.

Mark Fields, Ford’s president and chief executive, said the next decade would be “defined by automation of the automobile” and the switch to driverless travel would affect society as much as the introduction of the assembly line, allowing mass-produced cars, did a century ago.

“We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles,” he said in a speech to workers in Silicon Valley.

Ford, which last month warned it was considering closing factories in the UK due to concerns about the effects of Brexit, said it would double the size of its Silicon Valley testing and research facility to turn Fields’ vision into reality.

The company said its new cars would be fully automated – with no steering wheels or pedals – rather than producing a partly autonomous model like those made by Tesla, Audi and BMW that can self-steer and control speed via sensors on highways. In an effort to catch up with Apple and Alphabet (Google’s parent company), which have both been working on the development of driverless cars for some years, Ford announced a series of investments in automation and sensor technology.

“Ford has been developing and testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years,” Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technical officer, said. “We have a strategic advantage because of our ability to combine the software and sensing technology with the sophisticated engineering necessary to manufacture high-quality vehicles. That is what it takes to make autonomous vehicles a reality for millions of people around the world.”

The 113-year-old company said the new cars, which will be designed at its research facility in Palo Alto, California, were being “specifically designed for commercial mobility services, such as ride-sharing and ride-hailing, and will be available in high volumes”. The company did not state if it planned to go into partnership with Uber or Lyft, as other carmakers have, but said it was exploring all options.

It expects to have 30 test self-driving Fusion Hybrid cars on the road in California, Arizona and Michigan this year, and 90 next year.

The company, which opened its Palo Alto research facility just last year, said it would double the size of its development team to 260 by the end of 2017.

“Our goal was to become a member of the community,” Ken Washington, Ford’s head of research and advanced engineering, said. “Today, we are actively working with more than 40 startups, and have developed a strong collaboration with many incubators, allowing us to accelerate development of technologies and services.”

 

21st century Edsel. Think maybe the share holders would want to replace ford's board of directors very, very soon. And the marketing team for coming up with this educated stupidity.

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Some people cannot drive a car. The odds are that a large percentage of the people in this Forum will at some point be unable to drive a car and must depend on others in some way. So self-driving cars are a good thing. But I personally would prefer to have a steering wheel and brakes.

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There will come a day when Interstates are reserved for 'controlled' vehicles. Within twenty years, I'd say.

That is a social self fulfilling prophecy using technology. Now, lets discuss genetic progression biologically. How it works doesn't change because of social interpretation. Even technology ends up being a traditional conception without the sex act. Results are the same, one lifetime at a time passing through the current total sum added so far kinetically, not potential differences of opinions about managing being alive now, simultaneously.

 

OOps back to those grid co-ordinates of attitudes, platitudes, latitudes, longitudes measuring the relative changes as each object passes midnight, dawn, noon, dusk individually at the same time.

 

Why does humanity measure life as being 3 dimensional? The answer is the resolution to eternal conflicts continuing as usual or ending this generation.

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There will come a day when Interstates are reserved for 'controlled' vehicles. Within twenty years, I'd say.

 

Bumpkins on the back roads.

21st century Edsel. Think maybe the share holders would want to replace ford's board of directors very, very soon. And the marketing team for coming up with this educated stupidity.

 

 

It is the future. Denial of the self-evident betrays the natural technological evolution of one's ancestors in a linear progression.

Gonna lease a 2017 Ford Fusion Sport for my wife. 325hp dual turbo 2.7 v6. Little sleeper. Who in the hell would not want to drive a car?

 

 

Be thankful that you are still allowed.

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It is the future. Denial of the self-evident betrays the natural technological evolution of one's ancestors in a linear progression.

 

Why intellect doesn't surpass instinctive curiosity honestly. Linear progression from radial interpretation by those thinking out of the box never see what living in the moment actually is while defending their invented facts of directing the destinations of other people's ancestors cradle to grave.

 

Blind leading the blinded by hope, faith, and bribery.

 

what will end up being ironic is the technology being developed for electric cars will be more destructive to the global environment than burning coal for electricity and more deadly than nuclear waste..

 

perhaps there will come a change in perspective where science will study self containment instead of trying to invent ways out of it.

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Odds are we will get there sooner and more safely.

It is not possible here in Miami to drive at anything near the speed limit at the usual daily drivetimes.

What will force people to eventually get self-driving cars is that the insurance rates on traditional cars will be so high that only the very rich will be able to afford them.

I smell a business opportunity...

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There will come a day when Interstates are reserved for 'controlled' vehicles. Within twenty years, I'd say.

They will have divided lanes on the Interstates for self driving vehicles that human guided vehicles will not be permitted to use. Human guided vehicles will have their own lanes on the Interstate.

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