Ford predict autopilot cars within the next decade

The Ford Motor Company are one of the world's largest and most successful motoring companies, and as such are certainly well within their rights to predict future trends, which is just what Bill Ford Junior has done recently. The head of Ford Motor Company thinks that we may well be seeing fleets of automated and autopilot cars on the road within the next decade.

This may sound like quite a far fetched idea, but considering there is already a host of automated vehicles in use, with Google already operating several vehicles that use a mixture of GPS and sensors to move around without human interaction.

The predictions came about at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with Mr Ford commenting that the process would more than like happen in three phases. With phase one being the introduction and development of new Ford cars with warning systems and autopilot systems during slow movement. Phase two would possibly be between 2012 and 2025, when vehicles would take one step further to becoming semi autonomous, along with greater interaction. Then, 2025 onwards would see the introduction of fully automated vehicles.

Even though it will be a long time before we see these types of vehicles at our nearest Ford car dealership, the new predictions show just how these types of technology are being worked on.


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