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Ford promises fully autonomous vehicle in 5 years

The Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous vehicle.

Ford Motor Company plans to build a fully autonomous vehicle within five years. The car will have no steering wheel, gas pedal or brake pedal, and it will be used for ride-sharing  or ride hailing services. Ford made no mention of when the public will be able to buy such a vehicle. 

“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,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. Ford's entry will be a high-volume SAE level 4 autonomous vehicle. Ford's cars on the road today max out at level 2 autonomy. 

There are six levels of autonomy. Level 0 is complete driver control. Level 1 means most functions are controlled by the driver, but some, such as braking, can be done by the car.  Level 2 means the car controls at least two functions and the driver doesn't have to have his hands on the steering wheel or his foot on the brake pedal. 

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