Ford CEO Mark Fields: Ford Won't Lead the Automated Driving Future

He also sees Google as a possible partner

Mark Fields, chief executive officer of Ford Motor, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview on the preview day at the Paris Motor Show in Paris, France, on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ford CEO Mark Fields thinks there will be a driverless car on the road within five years, but it won't be a Ford. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Fields said that Ford's legacy is in making self-driving technology more affordable and will make components, such as automated parking systems and automated highway driving, available first. 

Fields also said he sees Google as a possible partner. That seems like a good bet: Google has been developing a self-driving car inside its Google X lab for the past few years. Fields, who is delivering a keynote address at this year's 2015 CES, also talked about the newest version of Ford's in-vehicle infotainment system, Sync 3, which features more conversational voice interaction. 

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Correction: Mark Fields predicted there would be at least one driverless car on the road within five years, not 40 driverless cars, as an earlier version of this story stated. 

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