Ford, Postmates To Study Autonomous Delivery
by Chronicle News Services
Posted: 2018-01-11 15:31:23 EST

Ford Motor Co. is expanding its driverless delivery experiment beyond pizza, working with Postmates to test what it will take to eventually remove the driver from on-demand distribution.

The carmaker and Postmates, which connects customers with drivers to deliver their groceries, take-out food orders and other purchases, will team up this year on a pilot program that explores how self-driving tech could change the delivery experience.

The experiment, which will use human drivers for now, will help Ford better understand how an autonomous delivery system could work, especially because customers will have to walk out and fetch their orders themselves. Once fully autonomous vehicles are developed, regulated and in use, this kind of on-demand delivery could eventually go driver-free.

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