FAST ‘N’ CU­RI­OUS

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FAST FORD TO FU­TURE

With au­ton­o­mous cars just around the cor­ner, Ford sees a fu­ture where pri­vate car own­er­ship will be less im­por­tant. The group has an­nounced it’s buy­ing Char­iot, a San Fran­cis­cobased crowd-sourced shut­tle ser­vice to which it al­ready sup­plies vans. Ford plans to have fully au­ton­o­mous taxis in use by 2021 fol­lowed by pri­vate sales of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles in 2025.

TALK­ING OF AU­TON­OMY

Volvo’s au­ton­o­mous driv­ing ex­per­i­ment Drive Me be­gan this week in Swe­den. The project will see a driver­less XC90 take to the streets of Gothen­burg. It’s the first of a se­ries of au­ton­o­mous cars that will even­tu­ally be handed to real fam­i­lies to be driven on pub­lic roads.

OFF HIS BLOCK

Ken Block’s lat­est Gymkhana Nine is out. The lat­est in his se­ries of wildly suc­cess­ful stunt driv­ing videos was to have been filmed in Syd­ney but un­for­tu­nately the po­lice put a stop to that.

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