Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ford shares information about the self driving car under the blue oval

By 2021 you could be hailing a ride and using a self driving Ford car.  You will just punch in your destination and then sit back and let the car navigate the horrendous downtown Portland traffic.  Just think you wouldn't have to worry about finding a parking place either.  Believe it or not that is at the center, driving the push towards self driving cars.  The nature of vehicle ownership is evolving and many people don't cherish the idea of maintaining their vehicle; they just want transportation.  

Self Driving Ford Concept Car

More and more people especially in the Portland area are relying on shared forms of transportation like ride sharing, car pooling  or Uber.  The concept of ride sharing appeals to many because our cars will be utilized more efficiently and save people so much time searching for a legally acceptable parking solution.  Experts claim that traffic and pollution will be eased as well but we know it's really all about the parking.  

The critics are saying that self driving vehicles provide too steep of a learning curve.  They feel the dramatic change will be met with significant resistance.  Personally, I have to be honest that I consider myself a bit of a control freak  but if it will save me from parking I will just cover my eyes and breathe deeply.  Besides, if you are over 30 you remember when anti-lock brakes first came out and a few people were resistant to the idea.  I have faith in people to recognize the benefits and grit their teeth in a honest attempt to make it work.  And think about all the people who will be able to get to where they need to go with self driving cars; like the elderly and disabled population.  Autonomous vehicles could give many people back a freedom that they may have previously lost and after all isn't that what the goal should be.  That and parking alleviation of course.  

Here is a short video that shows Ford testing the Ford Fusion running at night autonomously.  Could you grit your teeth?