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Ford Expands Self-Driving Vehicle Program to Miami

Ford is expanding its self-driving vehicle program to Miami, where the automaker will test its technology as well as its future business model through pilot programs with Dominos and Postmates.

The move to Miami (and Miami Beach) illustrates Ford’s approach to deploying a commercial fleet of autonomous vehicles for a variety of services.

The plan is to develop and test the self-driving vehicle system, and in a separate parallel track, work on the business side of how a dedicated fleet of autonomous vehicles might operate in the real world—and be profitable. Argo AI, the startup that Ford invested $1 billion in last year, is focused on developing and testing the self-driving vehicles. Argo already has its autonomous vehicles on the road in Miami, where it’s currently collecting mapping data.

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