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Ford-Backed Argo Starts Testing Self-Driving Cars in Miami and Austin

  • No backup driver will be at the wheel to navigate traffic
  • Company in talks for deals with ride-hailing, delivery firms
An Argo AI modified Ford autonomous car.
An Argo AI modified Ford autonomous car.Source: Argo AI

Argo AI, the driverless startup backed by Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, has started testing self-driving vehicles in Miami and Austin, Texas, without a human behind the wheel.

While the cars aren’t the first fully driverless vehicles on the road, the tests may be the toughest so far for the technology. Argo Chief Executive Officer Bryan Salesky said in an interview the company is the first to put cars on the road in major cities during rush hour with no safety driver inside.