"When you combine the power and reach of self-driving vehicles with the deep knowledge of the Postmates team, the scale and scope of the expertise we put into action grows exponentially", said Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley.
Postmates signed off its blog with the upbeat message: "As self-driving vehicle technology begins to impact communities and urban transportation, we're excited to work with Ford to see how this breakthrough technology can be applied as a force for good in local economies".
As the potential for self-driving vehicles moves closer to becoming a reality, Ford is lagging behind rivals, like Tesla and General Motors, that are aggressively testing autonomous vehicles and may have a lead in getting one to market.
Ford Ramps Up Self-Driving Plans With New Partnerships, Business Model
"We can design transportation in our cities in ways that improve the quality for everyone at the same time", CEO Jim Hackett said in a keynote speech Tuesday morning at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
Ford is the latest vehicle company that wants to deliver your takeout in a self-driving auto.
In addition to new partner Postmates, Ford will be testing further with existing partners Lyft and Domino's, and already it's gleaned some insights from the latter two, including learning that many of its early users of the Domino's autonomous delivery service say "bye" to the driverless vehicle and enjoy interacting with its voice powered instructions interface. Nichols had tweeted. "Driverless hybrid vehicles running 24/7 delivering pizza and passengers means more tons of pollution/GHGs in cities!"More news: Stock inside Traders Spotlight: Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PXD)
The new partnerships come as Ford is gearing to "test-drive" a new self-driving business model this quarter in an as-yet unnamed city. Toyota is in talks with Amazon. It also announced it's working with wireless company Qualcomm on technology that will allow vehicles to communicate with other cars, pedestrians, cyclists and traffic lights.
But the technology would add a new burden for pedestrians and cyclists.
On stage at the event, Ford executive director Don Butler demoed how an autonomous vehicle could realize if the driver is ill and pull over to the side of the road before alerting authorities.More news: Tracking Metrics on Shares of Riocan Real Estate Investment Trust
For Ford, it highlights its interests into the operations of cities.More news: Auto crossed grassy median in deadly Highway 102 crash: RCMP