So ford has just announced that it opening an autonomous vehicle program in Austin ahead of it self-driving taxi and delivery service in 2021. In an email by a ford spokesman, he said “We are on track to announce the next deployment city in which we plan to expand our self-driving technology and business testing efforts by the end of this year. We will provide more details at the appropriate time,”
And also a job posting for an AV market specialist in Austin by the company reads; We are seeking exceptional candidates to join our growing Autonomous Vehicle (AV) business team! AVs are an important part of Ford’s future and we’re looking for the best and brightest. The role will require critical thinking, problem solving capabilities, and a “get it done” attitude to help make strategic decisions that will enable Ford to be a leader in autonomy, connectivity, mobility, analytics and customer experience, so if you live in or around Austin, this could be your chance.
Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based company into which Ford invested $1 billion in 2017, is developing the virtual driver system and high-definition maps designed for Ford’s self-driving vehicles. Meanwhile, Ford is testing its go-to-market strategy through pilot programs with partners like Walmart, Domino’s and Postmates, and even some local businesses( wow, they ain’t holding back on nothing). Ford spent the entire 2018 testing and preping for this their AV program and also plan on spending $4 billion through 2023 under an LLC created last year that’s dedicated to building out an autonomous vehicles business.
Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC will house the company’s self-driving systems integration, autonomous-vehicle research and advanced engineering, AV transportation-as-a-service network development, user experience, business strategy and business development teams. They also plan on investing $1 billion in the Argo AI startup.
With all these said and done, it pretty obvious that the automakers ain’t holding back on nothing on this their AV program.