Have you ever seen I, Robot or Total Recall or Minority Report? Remember those self-driving cars that zip around with no steering wheel while the protagonist sips a coffee or reads the morning newspaper? You might think that is all Hollywood glamour and special effects, a crazy interpretation of the future of transportation.
Ford Motor Company says otherwise.
You see, Ford has been investing time and money in their Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California for the past ten years, shoulder to shoulder with America’s tech sphere in Silicon Valley. And, if your mom ever told you to find new friends because your old ones always got you in trouble, the small business, tech wonks in Silicon Valley would be the people she would want you to cozy up to—the so-called, ‘people who are going places.’
In 2016, former Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said, “The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago.”
That’s a tall order.
But, the idea of the best minds in Silicon Valley—the home of the world’s fastest growing and smartest industry—teaming up with the company that practically invented modern manufacturing is certainly worth some serious attention.
Ford claims that they will deliver a functioning autonomous vehicle fleet by 2021. That might seem like another lofty goal. But, consider the lightning fast turnaround for the software engineers that get in, make an App, then run to the bank with their millions. Coupled with Ford’s longtime ability to wow, it would appear the self-driving cars of the future are becoming more of a reality by the moment.
And that future is great for America specifically.
Implementing a wave of autonomous, electric vehicles over the coming decades will reduce commuter accidents, lessen the detrimental impact of our transportation infrastructure on the environment, and will increase our standing in the world at large.
One of the defining industries of modern America is our technology industry. Ford represents a golden age in American economic and innovative power, and Silicon Valley is the shining city on the hill that beckons us into another golden era of human transportation. We are, as a nation, set up for success in this quickly burgeoning, hybrid industry.
As Ford takes advantage of this key moment in autonomous vehicle development, they seem poised to usher us into the actual future. To check out what offerings Ford has available today, be sure to stop by our lot in Scottsboro, Alabama!