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Ford's 'self-driving' delivery vans bamboozle the public for good reason

Whether or not the car actually drives itself isn't the point.

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In a blog post on Medium, Ford said that it has deployed its "self-driving" delivery vehicles to Miami and Miami Beach.

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In conjunction with Postmates, the automaker wants to see how regular Joes and Janes react to a delivery that arrives in an autonomous vehicle, even if the one in question technically isn't.    

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While these Transit Connects might be gussied up to look like self-driving cars, there's actually a trained driver in control the entire time.     

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Folks using Postmates to get something delivered might have the option to have their package arrive by one of Ford's development vehicles.

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When the vehicle arrives, the user gets a text message, at which point they come outside, plug an access code into the side of the vehicle and retrieve their package.

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Audio and visual prompts will help guide the person through the process.

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This whole experiment is about seeing how customers interact with vehicles and not people in the course of parcel delivery.

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Ford already started a similar program in conjunction with Domino's using Fusion sedans in various markets for "autonomous" pizza delivery.

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Ford and other automakers have touted logistics as one of the major ways that self-driving vehicles can be used.

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Keep on scrolling to check out even more pictures of Ford's new "self-driving" delivery vans.

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