Ford says it is making “great progress” towards its goal of deploying its first fully autonomous car in 2021.
The Detroit Free Press has spoken to Ken Washington, Ford’s vice president of research and advanced engineering and chief technology officer who told them, “I think we are extremely well-positioned because we’ve got a technology company working with us that understands how to build the robot, and we’ve got an automotive manufacturer underneath us ….with more than 100 years of experience of systems integration.”
The report says Ford is relying on Argo AI — a company co-founded last year by Google car project veteran Bryan Salesky and Uber engineer Peter Rander — to take the lead on the development of the brains of its self-driving car. Ford acquired a majority stake in Argo AI in February.
“We don’t worry too much about where the competitors are,” Washington continues in the report. “What we are worried about is how do we bring this technology to market in a way that’s a fit (for customers). And that’s what we are focused on,”