A driverless car may seem like something out of the Jetsons, but Ford Motor Company is partnering with MIT and Stanford to pursue innovations in this futuristic technology. The project is part of Ford’s “Blueprint for Mobility” – a plan of action for developing solutions to the ever-changing transportation landscape in the near, mid and distant future.
A driverless car, also known as autonomous car, like this Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle, is where Ford is at now in terms of the “Blueprint for Mobility.” However, the company has much loftier goals in mind when it comes to producing a consumer version of a driverless car.
“Our goal is to provide the vehicle with common sense,” said Greg Stevens. Stevens is the global manager for driver assistance and active safety in the Ford research and innovation department. Stevens went on to say that “Drivers are good at using the cues around them to predict what will happen next, and they know that what you can’t see is often as important as what you can see. Our goal in working with MIT and Stanford is to bring a similar type of intuition to the vehicle.”
Since Ford hasn’t yet developed a commercial version of a driverless car, you’ll have to settle for the technological advances and the excitement of being behind the wheel that comes with any new Ford.