Ford and Postmates team up to explore self-driving technologies

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Ford and delivery service Postmates are announcing a pilot partnership to investigate how self-driving vehicles can start bringing in cash.

In a slew of announcements made at the CES in Las Vegas this week, the auto maker detailed how it plans to transition into an automotive and mobility company - something it has been talking about for a while.

Ford will expand its self-driving technology development with a growing fleet of Argo AI test vehicles in a city where it plans to first deploy an autonomous vehicle business. The goal is to make self-driving cars a regular part of Postmates' operations.

"Any time you are not carrying goods or people in this business you are not making money", Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets, told a technology conference in Las Vegas (Reuters).

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Ford unveiled a suite of announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show today that are aimed at furthering the company's ambitions to power smart cities and find new applications for autonomous vehicles.

As well as ride sharing applications, the vehicle maker is also eyeing goods delivery. The latest agreement would add Postmates - which aims to offer local delivery of essentially any item - and its network of 250,000 businesses in 250 cities.

Ford has announced a partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm to push the adoption of cellular vehicle-to-everything technology (C-V2X).

Ford also announced a cloud-based smart city platform, created to facilitate communication between various transportation methods and services operating within them, including individual vehicle data. This is important for applications like autonomous cars, because C-V2X vehicles would be able to do things like communicate intent to other vehicles around them, which could then respond accordingly. We also send freebies and lots of other goodies exclusively to our email subscribers.