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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.com/2018/06/11/ford-self-driving-food-delivery-van/

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Also, the episode leads with the GT-350.

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

 

https://medium.com/self-driven/lets-give-them-something-to-taco-bout-enabling-self-driving-food-delivery-with-postmates-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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