FILE PHOTO: A row of Ford Fusion Hybrid models are equipped with sensors and self-driving vehicles in the Ride-a test workshop, Pittsburgh, Pa, USA, September 19, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Paul Lienert
(Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F. N) said on Wednesday it will be adding an Austin, Texas, are on the short list of cities where it plans to launch a commercial transportation service, with the help of automated vehicles in 2021.
The U.S. car maker previously said that it would begin with the transportation of people and goods in an automated vehicle in Miami and Washington dc.
Ford’s self-driving system, is now being tested in the Fusion Hybrid sedans, which will be jointly developed with the Dream of AI, a Pittsburgh-based start-up, in which Ford and Volkswagen AG VOWG_p.DE in the possession of a controlling interest.
Sherif Marakby, chief executive of Ford’s Autonomous Vehicles, said, Ford’s launch of the commercial transport in 2021 in a purpose-built hybrid vehicles, which are to be used for the transportation of people and goods.
Peter Rander, chairman of the Dream of AI, he said, the development team will be in manual control of the Fusion test vehicle in Austin, texas, a map of the streets of the city, and the assessment of the driver’s and pedestrian’s behaviors in anticipation of the commercial launch.
Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.(O) Waymo the last year of the implementation of an online ride-service to human caretakers in Phoenix, arizona, with the help of a specially-equipped Chrysler Pacifica to Hybrid mini-vans that are bought by Fiat Chrysler automobiles (FCHA.MI.
General Motors Co. (GM.S), Cruise Automation, said in July that it was planning to delay the commercial deployment of automated vehicles in San Francisco, outside of the initial target by 2019, as more testing was needed.
Reporting by Paul Lienert; Editing by Tom Brown