Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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16  October/November 2018 unmanned systems inside GROUND INNOVATIONS THE TESTING Real-world testing for ADVs took off in 2018, with both startups and estab- lished companies launching programs. Ford, for example, set up its first self- dr iv ing business in Miami-Dade County, Florida, earlier this year and formed partnerships with Domino's and on-demand deliver y company Postmates. The goal with each part- nership is to better understand the customer experience with food and parcel delivery in an urban environ- ment, said Brian Wolf, head of autono- mous vehicle business at Ford. These tests primarily gage how customers and merchants interact with the tech- nology, and while the vehicles are de- signed to look like self-driving cars for research purposes, they're driven FORD'S RESEARCH CARS Ford has formed partnerships with Domino's and Postmates to explore driverless delivery and how customers engage with this technology. The company is deploying two dierent, clearly marked vehicles designed to look like self-driving cars for initial tests in Miami. The Domino's car, a Ford Fusion Hybrid, was designed specifically for Domino's and is equipped with a heatwave compartment to store the pizza, said Brian Wolf, the head of autonomous vehicle business at Ford. "When Miami customers are ordering pizza through the Domino's app, they can opt in to receive their pizza delivery from a self-driving research vehicle," he said. "Customers can track their pizza order and are given a code to unlock the heatwave compartment and retrieve the pizza from the car." The team developed a Ford Transit Connect vehicle for the Postmates tests, Wolf said. The vehicle features a locker system that enables it to secure multiple orders from the 70 or so retailers Postmates serves. "Similar to Domino's, when a customer orders through the Postmates app they are given the option to have their order delivered by a self-driving research vehicle," he said. "The business partner loads the order in the vehicle using a code and the customer is notified via the Postmates app how to retrieve their order from the locker when the self-driving research vehicle arrives using a code." Photo courtesy of Ford. Driverless continues on P. 21

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