The future is happening in 2021, apparently.
On Tuesday, Ford’s chief executive announced that Ford plans to have driverless cars ready for a “ride-hailing” service by 2021.
The New York Times reported Mark Fields—Ford’s CEO—saying:
That means there’s going to be no steering wheel. There’s going to be no gas pedal. There’s going to be no brake pedal. If someone had told you 10 years ago, or even five years ago, that the C.E.O. of a major automaker American car company is going to be announcing the mass production of fully autonomous vehicles, they would have been called crazy or nuts or both.
Reportedly Ford has bought an Israeli start-up company that focuses on computer vision—which the Times says is a “crucial technology for self-driving cars.”
So if you love the idea of Uber, but you’re kind of creeped out by having a stranger drive you around, take heart. 2021 is just five years away.