Ford gets free publicity for promising autonomous cars in 5 years

Neal E. Boudette, writing for the New York Times:

At a news conference on Tuesday at the company’s research center in Palo Alto, Calif., Mark Fields, Ford’s chief executive, said the company planned to mass produce driverless cars and have them in commercial operation in a ride-hailing service by 2021.

No steering wheel. No pedal. Fully autonomous by 2021. Can I take the over please? While technically possible, I find it unlikely that an incumbent auto manufacturer will pull this off in the next 5 years.