Ford's self-driving vans will deliver to your door

The company plans to roll out its automated vehicles by 2021

Ford has announced its self-driving vehicles will be able to deliver goods to customers, making them perfect for logistics businesses looking to renew their fleet.

The company spoke about the future of logistics at its keynote at Mobile World Congress, saying it envisions the world will come to rely on automated vehicles and drones to deliver their goods faster than they ever could by humans. They will also able to deliver goods to hard to reach places, such as flats or areas that don't have parking spaces big enough for vans to reach.

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"Widely considered the most challenging part of the goods delivery process to automate, many companies are working on how to solve the complexity of delivering packages the last 15 metres, or from kerb to door," the company told the Independent"The pressure to solve this challenge is expected to increase globally in coming years with GDP growth and a rise in local deliveries due to online sales."

Ford demonstrated its Autolivery concept in virtual reality rather than real life, but it plans to roll out a fully autonomous vehicle by 2021.

"It's all about making life in the city easier," said Ford designer Euishik Bang. "The possibility of harnessing autonomous and electric vehicle technology with drones to quickly and easily send and deliver parcels could help to make life better for everyone."

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The news comes hot on the heels of UPS announcing it had trialled automated deliveries, although its concept uses drones that can take off and land on specially designed lorries developed by its technology partner the Workhorse Group.

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