One of the largest automobile manufacturer, Ford has released a long 44-page report about the future plans for the autonomous vehicles which it is going to launch. The name of the report has been given as “A Matter of Trust”, as the company says that ‘trust’ is the central challenge which should be take care at the time of development of self-driving vehicles.
According to a report by the company officials, the development of the autonomous cars isn’t a race and at the end, only the slow and steady will win. And this is the main part of the theory which is simply reflecting in their plans too. Ford says that initially, they will operate autonomous vehicles which is a part of a mobility service for moving people or delivering goods as a process to help build trust among the people.
Ford’s purpose-built autonomous vehicle is going to hit the market by the end of 2021 and it has been designed to operate even without the help of a steering wheels and pedals. Surprisingly, Ford says that the model will going to have the level 4 automation.
The automation which is available at level 4 offers ‘high level of automation’, which means that the car can be operated by itself only in a specifically part of the area of a city and only when the weather is good enough for the sensors to even work properly. In order to have the fully autonomous functionality, the vehicle must have level of at least 5 automation.
Ford has also hinted in the news that the car will going to have a hybrid powertrain which will helps to keep the running costs low. The car will be launched in 2021 but currently, Ford has released a teaser image in which the car is hidden under the wraps of a white curtain. It looks like an SUV or a crossover with a big bump available on its head.