It's hard to believe that self-driving vehicles might be a reality in the not-so-distant future, but the future is now and Ford is leading the way. Always a trend-setter and innovator in the automotive world, the Ford Smart Mobility mission is to "be a leader in autonomy, connectivity, mobility, customer experience, and analytics." Ultimately, the goal of Ford's research is to create a vehicle that will operate without a steering wheel, gas pedal or brake; this vehicle will be utilized in a controlled, pre-determined area as a ride-sharing or ride-hailing experience, much like automated taxis or Ubers. Ford's unwavering vision and commitment to innovation has them poised to produce the highest level of automation by any automaker to date.

By partnering with companies that have contributed research in the areas of 3-D mapping, radar technology, advanced algorithms, and camera sensors, Ford is inching closer to their goal of fully automated vehicles; these advances put us closer to autonomous vehicles that will be readily available to the public. The countless advantages for drivers include increased convenience, increased efficiency, and improved safety thanks to decreased accidents caused by human error. Ford is at the forefront of research and development working to bring these exciting vehicles to drivers in the not-to-distant future.

While the presence of autonomous cars on our roadways may still be a little ways off, Ford is hoping to have as many as 90 prototype autonomous vehicles in the test fleet. They are working hard to bring the world of tomorrow to drivers today. While you're waiting for these exciting new vehicles to become readily available, visit our new Ford dealership to explore the current lineup and experience all of the exciting innovations available on new Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs.

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