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#1 OFFLINE   Assimilator

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 10:45 AM

Ford's first real-world AV has just been announced and will be delivering Food orders in Miami.  This will help prepare them for their purpose-built 2021 AV.  

 

https://www.autoblog...d-delivery-van/


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 11:40 AM

This is where Ford is investing in AVs, not private passenger vehicles.   And an open platform to manage them that can be used by anybody.  That's probably where most of the profit exists - in the platform and not the vehicles.



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Posted 11 June 2018 - 12:55 PM

This is where Ford is investing in AVs, not private passenger vehicles.   And an open platform to manage them that can be used by anybody.  That's probably where most of the profit exists - in the platform and not the vehicles.

I think Ford is in a position to profit from both though
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Posted 11 June 2018 - 01:15 PM

I think Ford is in a position to profit from both though

 

Of course, but you sell one autonomous vehicle you get a few thousand profit one time.

 

The management platform gets recurring revenue every month including from vehicles built by other mfrs and the companies using the service.   Much much higher potential profit margin and it's not affected by changes in the new car market.



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Posted 11 June 2018 - 04:53 PM

Hmm, I wish I knew which restaurants use it to try it out.


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 12:28 PM

Interestingly, The Road Show mentioned this on one of their daily reports, and they said the van will not be autonomous. It will have a driver, but the driver will not interact with the customers.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:40 PM

Interestingly, The Road Show mentioned this on one of their daily reports, and they said the van will not be autonomous. It will have a driver, but the driver will not interact with the customers.

 

 

The press release says self-driving.   Maybe the driver is just there as a backup?



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:45 PM

Interestingly, The Road Show mentioned this on one of their daily reports, and they said the van will not be autonomous. It will have a driver, but the driver will not interact with the customers.

 

Is the driver driving?  Or are they just a backup in case it stops working?


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:55 PM

 
Is the driver driving?  Or are they just a backup in case it stops working?


Emergency control if the system fails. Same way google has been testing most of their vehicles.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:57 PM

Emergency control if the system fails. Same way google has been testing most of their vehicles.

 

Same thing that Uber.........ummm.....never mind.


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:44 PM

It was in the June 11th episode of AutoComplete (see below), and they said the driver will be in control at all times. Dunno who's right about it, but that's what he said.


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:45 PM

Also, the episode leads with the GT-350.

Edited by SoonerLS, 14 June 2018 - 07:46 PM.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:37 PM

It’s true - this is the link from the media.ford.com website.

https://medium.com/s...es-6d1358bdbf87

Apparently they’re testing the public’s acceptance and reaction to what they think is an autonomous vehicle.

I was going to blame Ford’s PR dept but apparently it was autoblog who didn’t read the actual press release and reported it incorrectly.

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