With this move, Ford is sending a clear message, not only to delivery concepts and their customers, but to competitors in the autonomous driving world that the carmaker is diving headfirst into self-driven transportation.
In addition to Domino’s and Postmates, Ford is also using this test to expand its partnership with Argo AI. Marakby of Ford wrote in his post on Medium.com that Argo already has vehicles in Miami-Dade County mapping roads and studying driving behaviors in the area.
Ford also recently announced it is working on an open, cloud-based platform that cities can use to manage multiple transportation services at once. The carmaker is working with Qualcomm on the technology.
But Ford’s self-driving competitors aren’t stalling, either. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car arm, received permission from Arizona in January to operate a transportation network and plans to begin an automated taxi service in Phoenix this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal also reports that BMW and Toyota are funding tests of self-driving shuttles in Tampa and the suburbs of Dallas.
Ready or not, here come self-driving vehicles.