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Next step in driverless cars: Boot the driver - Ford lays out grand vision for a self-driving car future

January 10, 2018View for printing

Auto and tech companies are racing to get human drivers completely out of their self-driving cars, perhaps as soon as this year.

Numerous companies have been testing small fleets of autonomous vehicles on highways and city streets, yet, to date, nearly all of these vehicles have had test drivers or engineers inside, ready to take over should the unexpected happen.

One of the hottest discussion topics at this week's CES conference -- formerly called the Consumer Electronics Show -- is when companies expect to boot their so-called safety drivers out of their autonomous vehicles.

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Ford lays out grand vision for a self-driving car future

Ford CEO Jim Hackett offered an ambitious vision for the automaker's self-driving vehicle business strategy Tuesday, depicting a future that will be as much as about networks of cars and traffic signals as any particular models.

Ford will build these networked systems, he said, as well as the vehicles on the streets of this "City of Tomorrow."

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