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Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally gives the keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)

Ford is using CES to announce plans to steer driving in a new direction


Updated January 10, 2018 12:27 PM EST

All of the big names in technology are in Las Vegas this week, and not for fun and games. They're all promoting their new ideas at the Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES. It's a showcase for those in the consumer technology business to introduce what they've been working on to the public. Many companies, including Ford, are focusing on the future of self-driving vehicles.

While many companies are just trying to get their cars to hit the streets, Ford also wants to change the streets we drive on. CEO Jim Hackett announced at CES that he has teamed up with Autonomic to develop the "Transportation Mobility Cloud." As The Detroit Free Press reports, if their plan works, it will allow self-driving cars, bikes, and mass transit to communicate with each other using a chip. That means vehicles, stoplights, and signs will all be operated on the same system.

Ford is working with Qualcomm to develop the system, and it would eventually run at fast 5G cellular speeds -- the next generation after today's 4G or LTE. The automaker plans to pilot the program using the Postmates delivery service.

Ford plans to test its networked cityscape business in an unnamed city.

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