Ford, with Argo AI, looks to release driverless car in 2021

Ford Motor Co. released a voluntary self-assessment of its safety protocols and current research regarding self-driving vehicle development, and in the report announced that it plans to introduce a “purpose-built” autonomous car in 2021 designed without a steering wheel or gas and brake pedals.

Ford plans to spend the next three years growing its fleets of self-driving cars and testing on public roads in several cities. The company partnered with Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to develop the “brains and senses” of the autonomous system.

“Argo AI’s ability to build a scalable software architecture with production-quality code from the start plus Ford’s expertise with vehicles integration and manufacturing gives us the confidence to build high-quality self-driving vehicles,” read the report.