Ford announced at CES today that it has entered a partnership with delivery service Postmates and will begin piloting various programs to see how self-driving vehicles and on-demand delivery can work together. This is the first on-demand delivery app to partner with Ford on a pilot like this and the two will be looking at what both merchants and customers need when it comes to sending and receiving deliveries via self-driving cars.
This isn't the first delivery test for Ford though. Last year, it began using an autonomous Ford Fusion to deliver Domino's orders in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With this new partnership with Postmates, Ford says it could not only change consumer experiences but also allow retailers to expand their customer base. "The way commerce is moving around in cities is dramatically changing, and emerging technology will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of on-demand delivery," Ford said in a Medium post. "With the knowledge we'll gain from our partnership with Postmates, we anticipate we'll be able to better deploy self-driving technology in a way that can help people get what they need faster, while also supporting local businesses that are a big part of communities around the world."
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