Ford: We Will Mass-Produce Fully Driverless Cars by 2021

Looking for a hard timeline on when fully driverless vehicles will be roaming the streets? Try 2021. That’s the target Ford Motor Co. announced on Aug. 16, marking a deadline about as ambitious as any in the industry. According to a press release, the company is aiming to mass-produce a car by that year that meets the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) definition for level four autonomy — that is, vehicles that can handle all aspects of driving without a human. “There will be no steering wheels, no gas pedals and no brake pads,” Mark Fields, Ford’s president and chief executive officer, said in a video. The company specified that the cars it’s envisioning would be part of a ride-sharing or ride-hailing program. Ford has already begun experimenting with models of…


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