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Ford unveils its plans to test autonomous cars

Ford is the latest carmaker to announce it is going to test autonomous cars in Europe as it works to produce a self-driving car that will not have a steering wheel by 2021.

The firm is doubling its research investment and investing heavily in technology firms that specialise in autonomous technology.

However, it's likely that Ford's foray into the autonomous market will see them team up with a ride sharing service, much like Uber, for people to use cars without needing a driver.

Ford is to begin testing autonomous cars

Ford is the latest carmaker to announce it is going to test autonomous cars in Europe as it works to produce a self-driving car that will not have a steering wheel by 2021.

The firm is doubling its research investment and investing heavily in technology firms that specialise in autonomous technology.

However, it's likely that Ford's foray into the autonomous market will see them team up with a ride sharing service, much like Uber, for people to use cars without needing a driver.

Ford is to begin testing autonomous cars

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Ford reveals it is going to test autonomous cars.

Now Ford is going to begin testing autonomous cars on European roads from 2017 the firm has revealed what people will do when in a self-driving car.

The firm says that Europeans are spending an average of 10 days every year in their car and that one in six of us would be happy to let their children travel alone in an autonomous vehicle - which may bring an end to the school run with 16% of parents saying they are willing to let their children travel alone.

The research also reveals that self-driving technology will be a boon for commuting and when people are going out for drinks.

Those in a driverless car would spend more time relaxing

The survey of 5,000 adults revealed that 80% of those in a driverless car would spend more time relaxing and enjoying the scenery while 72% of those would speak on the phone.

Another 64% said they would enjoy having something to eat in the vehicle with others enjoying films and books.

A spokesman for Ford's automated driving division said: “People are beginning to think about what an autonomous vehicle would bring to their everyday lives and the self-driving cars will help revolutionise the way we travel and live.”

A previous Ford survey predicted that many of us are enthusiastic about driverless cars over having a traditional vehicle, particularly when commuting and going out in an evening.

An autonomous car would be a safer vehicle

ford-autonomous-cars-car-trust-1Nearly half of those questioned said they thought an autonomous car would be a safer vehicle for them to be in.

Ford has already announced its plans to introduce a ride sharing service in America using autonomous vehicles in 2021 and with road rules varying between countries, as well as using different road layouts and traffic signs, the autonomous vehicles need to gain experience of travelling in these countries.

Ford is also highlighting the potential issues that driverless cars will have when it comes to sharing a congested road with cyclists and looking to protect the vehicle and the cyclist.

Now Ford is going to begin testing autonomous cars on European roads from 2017 the firm has revealed what people will do when in a self-driving car.

The firm says that Europeans are spending an average of 10 days every year in their car and that one in six of us would be happy to let their children travel alone in an autonomous vehicle - which may bring an end to the school run with 16% of parents saying they are willing to let their children travel alone.

The research also reveals that self-driving technology will be a boon for commuting and when people are going out for drinks.

Those in a driverless car would spend more time relaxing

The survey of 5,000 adults revealed that 80% of those in a driverless car would spend more time relaxing and enjoying the scenery while 72% of those would speak on the phone.

Another 64% said they would enjoy having something to eat in the vehicle with others enjoying films and books.

A spokesman for Ford's automated driving division said: “People are beginning to think about what an autonomous vehicle would bring to their everyday lives and the self-driving cars will help revolutionise the way we travel and live.”

A previous Ford survey predicted that many of us are enthusiastic about driverless cars over having a traditional vehicle, particularly when commuting and going out in an evening.

An autonomous car would be a safer vehicle

ford-autonomous-cars-car-trust-1Nearly half of those questioned said they thought an autonomous car would be a safer vehicle for them to be in.

Ford has already announced its plans to introduce a ride sharing service in America using autonomous vehicles in 2021 and with road rules varying between countries, as well as using different road layouts and traffic signs, the autonomous vehicles need to gain experience of travelling in these countries.

Ford is also highlighting the potential issues that driverless cars will have when it comes to sharing a congested road with cyclists and looking to protect the vehicle and the cyclist.