You’re probably wondering why the utility we’re talking about isn’t really standalone? Because at the moment, observing customer feedback on this technology is just a prototype tool. So the Ford Transit used for this test has a pilot, but the brand states that it is a professional pilot in seat disguise so people outside believe there is no driver on board.
It’s a fun anecdote knowing that all the magnifications placed on the outside of the vehicle mimic the autonomous vehicle sensors, but are ultimately fake! After two weeks of testing in the center of a British city in partnership with delivery company Hermes, last June the truck was tested as a shuttle for packages delivered to the DP World London Gateway, a fast-growing trading port. central London.
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Ford did not use an autonomous vehicle to deliver packages to the DP World London Gateway, but used a seat-disguised driver, again simulating an unmanned Transit, as a few months ago. On the other hand, the driver had no interaction with the employees responsible for receiving the packages so the experience was complete. To load the goods, lockers in the back of the van were filled by Ford investigators, then Transit had to travel 3.5 km before reaching the company’s main reception, where employees were picking them up at predetermined times. All this was to see if users would feel comfortable in such a self-driving vehicle. Despite the challenges voluntarily brought by the researchers (wrong package in the wrong closet), the employees were enthusiastic about this tool.
Ultimately, such a self-driving vehicle could save the port company time and money, as currently a standard commercial vehicle that requires a driver is used by employees who work their way back and forth. The technology is being developed by Ford in conjunction with other US partners.
A simulated version of the self-driving Ford Transit was tested with workers at the DP World London Gateway, a port 40km from central London. Steered by a driver disguised as a seat to emulate a self-driving commercial vehicle, the vehicle had to shuttle to pick up packages from the area and deliver them to the right place a little further away. Purpose of the maneuver: Observing the reactions of employees before implementing a new technology.