Robotic Cars Vision Of Ford Will Be Reality Soon
Technology is becoming more and more an integral part of our daily life. Image how it is to tap a button and a driver will arrive at your door to whisk you away. Don’t be amazed or shocked to see a car show up without any driver inside at all in just a few years from now. Ford is all set to roll out a completely automated transportation service. Fords is confident about winning the race by beginning to produce and sell thousands of robotic cars by 2021. These cars will be capable of transporting passengers to and fro without any human input other than the destination.
Executives from Ford stated Ford’s self-driving vehicles won’t have brake pedals or a steering wheel, unlike prototypes being developed by Google. Policy experts in the Car making industry feel it does not matter which company makes the first robotic car, as the technology will mark the beginning of a new era in car travel. It will potentially reshape the face of America’s cities.
Supporters in favour of the robotic car feel computers with lightning-fast reflexes will be able to respond to danger more quickly and effectively than humans. This will make the vehicles smarter and it will minimize accidents, traffic congestion and wasted time and money. Apart from this, it might also help cities to reuse spaces wasted on building parking lots.
Ford is moving in a very positive direction in its vision for self-driving cars, it plans to double the number of employees in its Silicon Valley. Currently, the workforce comprises of 130 employees which it intends to more than 250. Ford will also promote a few startups involved in the development of self-driving technology, ranging from laser sensing to machine learning to digital mapping.
The company plans to make automated transportation a mainstay of the business as it shifts from merely selling vehicles to selling and operating them as well.
“It’s not just a traditional opportunity of building an automated vehicle, but generating revenue on vehicle miles traveled, it opens up the opportunity for us to offer transportation as a service,” Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technology officer, said in an interview.
For this venture to be successful a lot will depend on whether Ford and its partners are able to encourage enough Americans to use the robotic cars to make them economical. The cost of ride-hailing will come down as human drivers are phased out by computers. The robotic cars may only be feasible in the densest part of the country and where the weather is supportive for running constant automated driving.
The robotic cars will also require supporting infrastructure like maintenance depots for the cars to refuel or for recharging if the cars turn out to be electric vehicles. Though as consumers we will never see these facilities as we will be too busy reading or watching TV or looking out of the car window.