Ford announced it will bring its autonomous vehicle (AV) business to Austin, TX, joining Miami and Washington, DC as the third city where Ford plans to launch its taxi and delivery service.
Ahead of the service launch, expected in 2021, Ford will expand its testing operations in Austin, and partner Argo AI will expand its mapping operations. The vehicles will soon be manually driven through downtown and east Austin, mapping the city to prepare for the autonomous testing. The process will help determine the challenges that Austin's heavy pedestrian, scooter and bicycle activity may present, Argo AI President Peter Rander said in a statement.
The City of Austin aims to increase transportation options and road safety with self-driving vehicles, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. Ford is also testing in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Palo Alto, CA.
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