The car manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that will have driverless cars available for car sharing services (‘ride-sharing’) by 2021.
The company noted that this goal will be achieved by strengthening investments in technology and doubling the team that is working in the department of autonomous cars in Silicon Valley.
“We believe that autonomous vehicles will have such a significant impact on society as Ford’s assembly line had 100 years ago,” said company president Mark Fields.
“We are committed to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve security and address the social and environmental challenges of millions of people, not just those who can afford luxury vehicles,” he added.
As part of this mission, Ford has partnered with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to inject 150 million dollars (125 million euros) in Velodyne, a US company specializing in driverless car sensors.
Baidu, which invested in the private shuttle service Uber, said in a statement that was testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles in China and aims to promote the safe use of this technology on a global scale.
The first fully autonomous vehicle Ford will not have the steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal according to the manufacturer.
The car is being designed for sharing vehicles services like Uber.
Ford intends to triple its test fleet of autonomous vehicles this year, putting on the roads of the US states of Arizona, California and Michigan about 30 Fords Fusion Hybrid.