Ford plans to make ride-hailing service with autonomous cars

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Ford is ready for the future of self-driving cars.
Ford is ready for the future of self-driving cars.
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The next time you buy Ford, instead of buying a car to keep you might just get access to an entire fleet of autonomous cars.

Ford CEO Mark Fields revealed today during a meeting with employees in Palo Alto that not only is the company building an autonomous car, it plans to launch an entire fleet of autonomous vehicle by 2021 to create its own ride-hailing service by 2021.

Elon Musk thinks Apple Car will come too late

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Musk is confident Telsa will beat the Apple Car.
Musk is confident Telsa will beat the Apple Car.
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Apple should have started development on the Apple Car a lot earlier than it did, according to Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

The real-life comic-book superhero sat down for an interview at Code Conference and said that when it comes to autonomous cars, Google won’t be a competitor because they’re not a car company, however Apple will be.

Musk thinks it may be too late for Apple to be truly competitive though.

Ford is planning for a future with Apple Car in it

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Apple car concept art shows what Cupertino might put on the road.
The Apple Car is driving the industry forward. Pun intended.
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Elon Musk has called the Apple Car an “open secret” and now, in a new interview, Ford CEO Mark Fields say that the automaker is acting on a “working assumption” that an Apple Car is not too far away.

Ford wouldn’t be willing to take on a contract manufacturing job, however — since it’s not into the “handset, commodity base business” as Fields puts it.

Ford exec: Apple and Google can succeed at building vehicles

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Ford is embracing the Silicon Valley vision of cars.
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Compared to some of the other automotive naysayers, Ford has been outspoken about the fact that Silicon Valley might (shock horror!) actually be able to successfully disrupt the car industry.

Now a Ford exec says his company actually welcomes the competition from companies like Google and Apple.