Ford’s self-driv­ing pizza de­liv­ery car

Autocar - - INSIGHT -

Ford didn’t un­veil any new cars at CES, but the firm had a high pro­file with boss Jim Hack­ett de­liv­er­ing one of the key­note speeches. He un­veiled a se­ries of bold plans to help de­velop the con­nec­tiv­ity frame­work es­sen­tial for au­ton­o­mous cars in the fu­ture.

Var­i­ous projects an­nounced in­volved work­ing with Qual­comm to de­velop CV2X (Cel­lu­lar Ve­hi­cle to Ev­ery­thing – essen­tially en­sur­ing cars can talk to other in­ter­neten­abled de­vices) and with Au­to­nomic to de­velop the Trans­porta­tion Mo­bil­ity Cloud. The lat­ter is an at­tempt to cre­ate an open plat­form to al­low city-based trans­port sys­tems to com­mu­ni­cate with each other. An­other deal was with Post­mates, an app-based courier net­work, to ex­pand self-driv­ing de­liv­ery tech­nol­ogy.

Th­ese are big things that Ford at­tacked. All too much to take in? Well, a real-world ap­pli­ca­tion of au­ton­o­mous tech was on dis­play on Ford’s stand: a self-driv­ing Fu­sion that was used to trial au­ton­o­mous Domino’s Pizza de­liv­er­ies in Michi­gan. The fu­ture might be com­pli­cated, but it’s also cov­ered in tasty cheese and pep­per­oni…


Ford has more than 700,000 con­nected ve­hi­cles and is aim­ing to have them linked to its nascent net­work by 2019. Post­mates tri­als be­gin this year. A Domino’s pizza can be de­liv­ered in 30 min­utes (but prob­a­bly by a man on a scooter).

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