Ford doubles Silicon Valley team and furthers autonomous vehicle research

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Ford plans to put a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ridesharing service.

To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.

Ford’s first fully autonomous vehicle will be a Society of Automotive Engineers-rated level 4-capable vehicle without a steering wheel, or gas or brake pedals. It is being specifically designed for commercial mobility services, such as ridesharing and ride hailing, and will be available in high volumes.

August 18, 2016

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