What if one of the world's largest car companies told you that, within five years, you could click a button on your phone and a driverless car would pick you up and take you to your destination -- without any human interaction?
It sounds like the kind of lofty elevator pitch you'd expect from a would-be Elon Musk, but in fact, it's Ford. Like all the other big-shot manufacturers, Ford is working feverishly to develop legitimate driverless cars that will be part of ride-hailing fleets by 2021 -- not to be confused with ride sharing. (Exactly how the two will differ is still somewhat of an unknown, and how you "hail" a fully autonomous entity is beyond me.)
One thing I do know is that actually riding in one feels extremely boring. I hopped in the back of one of the autonomous prototypes Ford is currently developing, and even with the most advanced next-gen technology there is, autonomous rides are pretty much business as usual -- a very, very good thing for something in which surprises can be deadly.