2021 May Be the Year of the Fully Autonomous Car

2021 May Be the Year of the Fully Autonomous Car BMW and Ford have each announced an aggressive time line for producing self-driving cars. Mark your calendars: automakers plan to put truly autonomous cars on our roads in the next five years. Ford has announced that it will manufacture a fleet of fully automated driverless cars, without steering wheels or pedals, and put them into commercial operation by 2021. The company—which has previously been modest about its self-driving-car claims—says that the vehicles will initially be used in ride-sharing fleets and for package delivery services, though it doesn’t say which companies might be involved. To enact its plan, Ford has acquired the Israeli machine-learning firm SAIPS and invested $75 million into the laser imaging company Velodyne, and it plans to double the size…


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