Ford has decided to scrap plans to manufacture semi-autonomous vehicles after engineers were regularly falling asleep during test drives.

Raj Nair, the company’s product development chief, told Bloomberg that they struggled with “situational awareness” during trial runs, even when colleagues sat next to them chatting.

“These are trained engineers who are there to observe what’s happening,” he said.

“But it’s human nature that you start trusting the vehicle more and more and you feel you don’t need to be paying attention.”

Ford believes that engineers have become complacent due to the smoothness of the drive, and will instead make their driverless cars without a steering wheel or pedals so they are fully autonomous.

Ford is expected to launch their driverless cars in 2021.

James Ash


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February 27, 2017

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