Ford’s self-driving pizza delivery car
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…
WHEN IS IT DUE?
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).