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Ford tests autonomous delivery, ride-hailing in Miami with Domino's, Postmates

Ford Motor Co. partnered with pizza restaurant chain Domino's Pizza Inc. and logistics company Postmates Inc. to test autonomous ride-hailing and delivery services in Miami, Ford's vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, Sherif Marakby, wrote in a Feb. 27 company blog post.

The Domino's pizza delivery service using Ford's self-driving technology is already up and running on the streets of Miami, Marakby said. The automaker plans to launch its Postmates delivery service in March.

Ford will build its first autonomous vehicle operations terminal in the city, which will serve as the hub of its test fleet and where it will develop its vehicle management and maintenance processes. It is also looking to expand the testing of its driverless cars through its partnership with startup Argo AI. The company expects to launch its purpose-built self-driving vehicles in 2021.

Marakby told news outlet Recode the same day that Ford's cars will soon be available on a commercial ride-hail network, adding that the company and its new partner, Lyft Inc., are developing the interface for the ride-hailing system.

Ford is among the automakers that were recently given permits by California's Department of Motor Vehicles to test driverless cars on Californian roads.