This season, "Futurismo" has been taking a deep look at how car-sharing, ride-sharing, and other mobility services might affect the auto industry. Ahmed points to the recent news from Ford Motor Co. as one example of change coming to the industry that listeners will learn about on the podcast.
"Ford is going to be mass-producing vehicles with full autonomy in five years," CEO Mark Fields said at an event in Silicon Valley, at the heart of the auto-tech boom. He announced plans to introduce an autonomous vehicle by 2021 for use in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.
"There's going to be no steering wheel, there's not going to be a gas pedal, there's not going to be a brake pedal and of course a driver is not going to be required," Fields said.
How will Ford get to that self-driving fleet of tomorrow? In Ep. 3 of "Futurismo," we take a test drive in one of Ford's shuttle vans optimized for mobility, talk to experts about the gold rush to pick up mobility startups, and see how these companies and carmakers can collaborate in the coming third age of car-sharing.
Ahmed said that "Futurismo" will ask the broad questions of mobility. "We've met folks in far-flung places committed to living without the burden and convenience of car ownership, CEO's and founders of start-ups trying to disrupt the auto industry, and, in upcoming episodes, auto dealers, car designers and more," he said.
Listen to Ep. 3 by clicking here and click here to learn how to subscribe to "Futurismo" over your regular podcast app.
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