The Ford Motor Company is making strides towards producing more Electric vehicles and developing self-driving technology in the coming years. The iconic automaker has recently announced plans to produce 600,000 Electric vehicles in 2023, up from 61,575 last year. Ford is also in the process of building a new 3,600 acre BlueOval campus in West Tennessee, where they will be producing their next-generation Electric pickup truck, known as ‘Project T3’. The factory will be able to build 500,000 of the Electric trucks per year at full capacity.
In addition to ramping up EV production, Ford is also making progress with their self-driving technology. Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that the technology will be able to drive your Car while you sleep in just two years time. The self-driving system will only be available in pre-mapped areas, similar to how Cruise and Waymo currently operate their autonomous vehicles. However, the big difference compared to Ford’s existing driver-assist system Blue Cruise is that the driver still needs to pay attention and be ready to take control of the vehicle at any time.
Ford is facing an uphill battle when it comes to self-driving technology, as they shut down their self-driving unit Argo AI last October. It remains to be seen how Ford will be able to reach this milestone in just two years, especially given the challenges they have faced in the past. Nevertheless, their ambitious goals are a testament to their commitment to the EV market and their faith in the potential of self-driving technology.