Ford to partner with Postmates on self-driving deliveries

Ford and Postmates team up to explore self-driving technologies

Ford's move is the latest example of automakers looking to seize new business opportunities from the growth of autonomous vehicles.

Ford has teamed up with gig-economy start-up Postmates to develop its autonomous vehicle technology.

In a notice posted on its blog earlier this week, Postmates said: "As the first on-demand delivery partner for Ford's self-driving program, the first phase of our pilot will evaluate and measure what the merchant experience needs to be at the point of delivery, what the customer experience needs at the point of drop-off, and how the hardware of self-driving technology may need to be outfitted when integrated with an on-demand network". The news was unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Through this study, Ford plans to get a better understanding of how customers will want to interact with delivery vehicles and what neighborhoods they'll feel safe walking out to the curb to retrieve a meal.

Although many details around the partnership are unclear - such as when and where the deliveries will take place - the companies said Postmates' customers will be chosen at random to receive deliveries via a self-driving vehicle. "It puts us in a great position to scale quickly" for the robotaxi business Ford plans to launch by 2021, Farley said.

More news: International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Position Lowered by Smith Salley & Associates

"We are working to verify that the technology underpinning future self-driving cars operates safely and reliably, to ensure that our self-driving vehicles are created to deliver trusted experiences and to prove out that the business model under which they are deployed is viable", he wrote in a blog post.

Ford has announced a partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm to push the adoption of cellular vehicle-to-everything technology (C-V2X). Intel was almost 2% lower, and Nvidia added 0.4%.

Developed in partnership with Silicon Valley company Autonomic, the Transportation Mobility Cloud would "manage information flow and basic transactions between a variety of components in the transportation ecosystem - service providers, personal vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, mass transit systems and city infrastructure, including traffic lights and parking locations". Ford says its autonomous vehicles will start ferrying meals and groceries sometime this quarter, though there's no word yet on what city the service will debut in.

Corporate leadership at Ford imagines a future where cars are constantly making deliveries or pickups.

Related News:

  • Browns special team coordinator Chris Tabor heading to Bears

    Browns special team coordinator Chris Tabor heading to Bears

    After Kelly left, Helfrich became the head coach and reached the National Championship Game in 2013 with Marcus Mariota . Fox helped restore some of the professionalism that was missing under former GM Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman.
    ULA set for second attempt at spy satellite launch

    ULA set for second attempt at spy satellite launch

    United Launch Alliance, which provided the rocket, reported that another attempt to launch will be made beginning at 1 p.m. The ULA Delta IV rocket launch was canceled again on Thursday after several issues and anomalies with the rocket.
    Vietnam among countries with lowest travel security risks

    Vietnam among countries with lowest travel security risks

    The Naxalites have conducted frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials, it added. Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks", suffering "significant injuries as a effect of these attacks".
  • Durant loses match, but becomes second-youngest to reach 20000 points

    Gerald Green scored all of Houston's points in a 5-2 run that extended the lead to 103-89 midway through the fourth period. The reigning Western Conference player of the week, Curry has scored 29 or more points in seven straight games.
    New home launches plunge 78% in 2017

    New home launches plunge 78% in 2017

    Little wonder then that residential sales in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) jumped up 19% in the second half of past year compared to the same period in 2016.
    Flight of the Conchords: HBO Sets Release Date for Cancelled Series Special

    Flight of the Conchords: HBO Sets Release Date for Cancelled Series Special

    The show comes nine years after the end of their self-titled TV show for the broadcaster ended after two seasons and 22 episodes. An hour-long taped performance, pulled from their forthcoming United Kingdom tour, will air this May, reports
  • 'I Probably Have A Very Good Relationship With Kim Jong Un'

    'I Probably Have A Very Good Relationship With Kim Jong Un'

    "I don't want to comment on it". "The difference is I'm president, other people aren't". He said the USA was open to talks with North Korea under the right circumstances.

    Manufacturing Activity Expands in December, New Orders Index Nears 70%

    New business received by manufacturers continued to rise in December, with the rate of expansion accelerating to a ten-month high. The production index was like the one for new orders in terms of its overall strength, exceeding 60 since its June reading.

    Pelosi: 'Five White Guys' Leading DACA Talks Should Open a 'Hamburger Stand'

    Pelosi was concerned that no minority members of Congress were included in the meeting. Why it would matter beyond Democrats once again playing the race card is unclear.
  • Colombian leader recalls peace negotiator in wake of ELN attacks

    Colombian leader recalls peace negotiator in wake of ELN attacks

    The secretary-general is scheduled to travel to Meta, in central Colombia, to visit a site set up to help FARC rebels reintegrate.
    Were Analysts Bearish Capita plc (LON:CPI) This Week?

    Were Analysts Bearish Capita plc (LON:CPI) This Week?

    Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company's stock. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a "buy" rating on shares of Whitbread plc in a research report on Monday, October 3rd.
    A 'John Wick' TV show is in the works at Starz

    A 'John Wick' TV show is in the works at Starz

    I think the world is very vast, and everything I've heard from it is very positive. "That is part of the ongoing conversation". Starz is now developing a spin-off of the Keanu Reeves-starring action franchise.

Most liked

GKN propels FTSE to new high on bid rejection
GKN acknowledges that profit margins and cash generation have been "below expectations", despite a rise in sales. Reuters noted that the offer sent shares in GKN up 20% in early Friday trading in London.

Eminem, Kendrick Lamar headline 2018 Firefly Festival lineup
The seventh annual event will again be held June 14-17 at The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. The " Walk On Water " rapper has a busy schedule ahead. "Festivals ASK artists to play", she said.

Health secretary: Funding for CHIP will last until February in Delaware
The Senate Finance Committee reached an agreement to extend the program for five years but did not unite around a plan on funding. It works to safeguard the health of children, and long has enjoyed bipartisan support .

Sainz takes first Dakar stage win
He finished the sixth stage at 38th position and overall he stands at 51st place at the end of the first half of the Dakar Rally . The Indian rider crashed out of the stage when he suffered a fall and broke his ankle close to the finish.

Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) Given "Buy" Rating at Robert W. Baird
Oppenheimer reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Adobe Systems in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 16,088 shares in the company, valued at $2,802,529.60.

Winter Olympics to be distributed in 4K HDR
These press releases appear as sent to Around the Rings and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation. The experience will also follow Team Intel athletes as they prepare and compete.

Houthis target Saudi oil tanker off Yemen
He also underlined the need to hold Iran accountable for its support and flagrant defiance of global norms and values. Social networking sites shared a number of pictures of an intercepted Houthi missile in the Najran area.

PM Li says China economy grew 6.9% in 2017
The river's basin is home to up to 1,700 fish species, making it the most diverse basin after the Amazon and Congo. China is increasing its investment along the river through building dams and a navigation channel.

LFP suspends goal-line technology in France after issues
There has been a lot of infusion of technology in football lately considering its extensive usage in other sports of the world. GoalControl technology alerts the referee when the ball has crossed the line via a watch that vibrates on the official's wrist.

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) Profitability in Focus
Tctc Holdings Llc increased its stake in Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) by 40.57% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. While cautious optimism may be the prevailing sentiment, many investors will be looking to take the portfolio to the next level.

HBO Boss Gives Updates on the Final Season and the Prequels
This, according to Bloys, is set to "explore different time periods of [George R R Martin]'s vast and rich universe". There isn't much known about the potential new series, though it's expected that not all of them will end up on air.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI)
In related news, CEO Riccardo Zacconi sold 19,761 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 17th. Pacad Investment Ltd increased American Elec Pwr Inc (NYSE:AEP) stake by 7,500 shares to 8,700 valued at $611,000 in 2017Q3.

Following The Numbers For Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP)
The rating was maintained by Susquehanna on Friday, August 11 with "Buy". (NASDAQ:PEP) on Friday, April 28 with "Buy" rating. Finally, Neuberger Berman Group LLC increased its stake in shares of Cheniere Energy by 3,397.0% in the second quarter.

NYC councilmen arrested at rally for immigrant rights activist detained by ICE
He has since exhausted his petitions and appeals through the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Kaji Dousa, Senior Pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church, stated that "Ravi Ragbir means everything to this city".

Diet Coke gets biggest makeover ever in bid to restore cachet
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated ( NASDAQ COKE ) traded down $1.22 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $203.96. The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it is updating its Diet Coke brand, in a bid to appeal to younger consumers.