Ford Motor Co. (F - Get Report) has been "talking with different partners in different industries" about the possibility of expanding self-driving technology into larger commercial vehicles, Sherif Marakby, VP of autonomous vehicles and electrification, told Reuters.
Although Ford doesn't manufacture long-haul semi-trucks -- like the ones Tesla (TSLA - Get Report) wants to automate -- it does build light- and medium-duty F-series trucks and transit vans that commercial firms use to deliver goods.
The company said it is open to future arrangements with competitors in the race to automate commercial vehicles, which include BMW's (BMWYY) partnership with Intel Corp (INTC - Get Report) , Delphi Automotive (DLPH - Get Report) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU - Get Report) .
Ford on Tuesday announced plans to test self-driving pizza delivery with Domino's (DPZ - Get Report) . It also operates a ride-sharing shuttle system called Chariot that could soon be outfitted with self-driving technology.
Ford stock traded up 0.3% to $10.88 Wednesday mid-afternoon.
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