Based on the trend that we are seeing, it definitely looks and sounds like autonomous cars could be the way of the future and how we go about our daily lives. In fact with autonomous cars being ubiquitous, we can only imagine a future where car accidents will be practically non-existent as the human factor has been taken out of the equation.
That being said, there’s still a long way to go before these cars are legal and have met regulatory approval, but in the meantime Ford seems to be on their way as the company has announced that starting in 2016, they will begin testing out their self-driving vehicles over in California where they have managed to secure the permits to operate said vehicle in the state.
Like we said it will probably be a while before these autonomous cars are legal, let alone widespread, and according to Ford this testing is part of their 10-year plan. So far Ford has been carrying out virtual test drives to see how their cars would react in situations that are unexpected, like a pedestrian running out in front of the car suddenly.
Ford isn’t alone in their testing as many other carmakers have favored the state of California to carry out their tests. For example other carmakers like BMW, Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Tesla, and Volkswagen have received their permits, and let’s not forget tech giants such as Google and if the rumors are to be believed, Apple could soon be joining them as well.