Autonomous Cars May Be Here Sooner Than You Think

We keep hearing more and more about autonomous vehicles, but it may still seem like something out of a science fiction movie set in the far-off future. Thanks to Ford innovation, the future may be closer than we think. Ford recently announced that thanks to their ground-breaking research and development, they will be able to show the world a self-driving car by the year 2021. The mission of Ford Smart Mobility is to "be a leader in autonomy, connectivity, mobility, customer experience, and analytics," and they are certainly well on their way. Ford's goal is to create a vehicle that autonomously operates without a steering wheel, gas pedal, or brake pedal; the vision for this futuristic vehicle is that its operation will be limited within the boundaries of a pre-determined area, and will be used for ridesharing. To date, this is the highest level of automation being produced by any automaker.

While Ford's progress on autonomous vehicles is remarkable, they have also had some help from some of the greatest technology innovators in the world, partnering with companies that have contributed research in the areas of camera sensors, radar technology, 3-D mapping, and advanced algorithms. These advances combined with Ford's automotive expertise are putting us closer to autonomous vehicles that will be readily available to the public. There are many advantages to driverless vehicles including a decrease in accidents due to human error, as well as increased convenience and efficiency. It's hard to believe that these incredible cars may be available to us in the not-so-distant future!

Ford plans to have as many as 90 prototype autonomous vehicles in its test fleet, and they are making advances every day that brings us closer and closer to the roadways of tomorrow. In the meantime, Ford innovation continues to power the current Ford lineup, where you'll find cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art features on vehicles that are readily available to drivers right now! We know safety is of utmost importance to today's drivers, and the Ford lineup offers advanced, technology-enabled safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Traffic Assist, just to name a few. We invite you to stop by our new Ford dealership to explore models with available advanced safety features like the Ford Focus, Taurus, and F-150, and experience Ford innovation at work for yourself.

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