Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) CEO Mark Fields made headlines last month when he said that Ford will put a fully self-driving vehicle into mass production in 2021 — but only for ride-hailing duty. Customers will have to wait several more years beyond that to buy a self-driving Ford, he said.
Some of those headlines asked an important question: What’s taking so long? It could be a decade before Ford dealers have self-driving cars to sell. We’ve heard much earlier dates from others, and not only from “disruptive” high-tech companies but also from established auto-industry suppliers.