Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Ford to partner with Postmates on self-driving deliveries

Ford to partner with Postmates on self-driving deliveries

Ford has teamed up with gig-economy start-up Postmates to develop its autonomous vehicle technology.

In a slew of announcements made at the CES in Las Vegas this week, the auto maker detailed how it plans to transition into an automotive and mobility company - something it has been talking about for a while.

Ford's VP of autonomous vehicles and electrification told Cheddar he hopes to learn exactly how self-driving cars can be used. "With the knowledge we'll gain from our partnership with Postmates, we anticipate we'll be able to better deploy self-driving technology in a way that can help people get what they need faster, while also supporting local businesses that are a big part of communities around the world".

As explained by Ford's president of global markets, Jim Farley: "We're testing the business model" for the delivery of goods. The two companies will specifically focus on how both merchants and customers react to the use of autonomous vehicles.

Postmates offers on-demand delivery from small businesses to area residents. Ford made an investment in Autonomic previous year.

These connected vehicles are the foundation for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) infrastructure, the company said, which would allow cars to communicate with each other as well as pedestrians, cyclists, and traffic lights. This will serve a number of purposes, including helping partner autonomous platform partner Argo AI build out its self-driving tech, as well as helping to research further its dedicated AV vehicle design requirements.

The second-largest USA automaker is also launching and testing a new transportation-as-a-service platform this year.

"This system is not exclusive to Ford or to personally owned vehicles - we're building the Transportation Mobility Cloud for everyone, for the entire transportation operating system, including other automakers".

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