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uber self driving car Automakers and ride sharing apps invest in a driverless future
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  As tech companies and manufacturers develop self-driving cars, WikiTribune reports on the potential effects on the global economy
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  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Ford Motors will </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-ces-delivery/ford-taps-postmates-for-edge-in-self-driving-delivery-race-idUSKBN1EY20X"><span style="font-weight: 400;">partner with the delivery service Postmates</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as the car manufacturer continues its slow march towards developing self-driving vehicles, and commercial purposes for the new technology. </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">This is the latest partnership between an automaker and an online service dependent on transport. Uber Technologies </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volvocars-uber/volvo-cars-to-supply-uber-with-up-to-24000-self-driving-cars-idUSKBN1DK1NH"><span style="font-weight: 400;">agreed to purchase 24,000 self-driving cars</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from Volvo last year. </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-ces-toyota/toyota-unveils-self-driving-concept-vehicle-for-rides-deliveries-idUSKBN1EX1XE"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Toyota is in talks with Amazon</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Even Ford made a separate partnership with the ride-hailing app </span><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/ford-motor-lyft/ford-lyft-will-partner-to-deploy-self-driving-cars-idUSL2N1M72AY"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lyft three months ago</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. The goal of each deal is to claim a piece of autonomous vehicle market, even if the technology is years away from being consumer ready.  </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">While autonomous vehicles could be purchased by individuals, recent deals with Uber, Lyft, and now Postmates indicate that investors see the most potential in commercial purposes. </span>
  Corporate leadership at Ford imagines a future where cars are <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-ces-delivery/ford-taps-postmates-for-edge-in-self-driving-delivery-race-idUSKBN1EY20X">constantly making deliveries or pickups</a>. A goal that is possible with the user base of companies like Lyft, though far more profitable without the overhead that comes from paying a driver.
  “Any time you are not carrying goods or people in this business you are not making money,” Jim Farley, president of global markets, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-ces-delivery/ford-taps-postmates-for-edge-in-self-driving-delivery-race-idUSKBN1EY20X">told a technology conference in Las Vegas</a> (Reuters).
Prototype of an Uber autonomous vehicle in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Dllu <i>This is an emerging story which needs expansion if you wish to EDIT to add information or discuss it in TALK.</i>
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