Ford will begin testing its business model for autonomous vehicles in 2018

Ford will begin testing its business model for autonomous vehicles in 2018

The Ford Motor Company and on-demand delivery specialist Postmates have teamed up to "to explore the sustainable application of self-driving technologies within local economies".

Postmates is an on-demand delivery service that carries packages between any two locations users choose.

While Ford has entered a new partnership with Postmates, it's not the first time the company is doing delivery tests. "With the knowledge we'll gain from our partnership with Postmates, we anticipate we'll be able to better deploy self-driving technology in a way that can help people get what they need faster, while also supporting local businesses that are a big part of communities around the world". Ford says its autonomous vehicles will start ferrying meals and groceries sometime this quarter, though there's no word yet on what city the service will debut in.

For example the company wants to identify "public transport dead zones" and fill the gaps by providing accessibility options with its own autonomous vehicles. It envisages its autonomous cars being summoned by small or medium businesses to conduct deliveries, as an alternative to more traditional logistics options.

Also this week, Toyota announced that it was working with a number of companies - including Pizza Hut - to develop p0tential applications for its self-driving vehicles, which could include pizza delivery.

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Although many details around the partnership are unclear - such as when and where the deliveries will take place - the companies said Postmates' customers will be chosen at random to receive deliveries via a self-driving auto.

But the technology would add a new burden for pedestrians and cyclists.

For Ford, it highlights its interests into the operations of cities.

On stage at the event, Ford executive director Don Butler demoed how an autonomous vehicle could realize if the driver is ill and pull over to the side of the road before alerting authorities.

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