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Volkswagen and Ford on cusp of new autonomous vehicle deal

illustration of a seatbelt with embroidered Ford and Volkswagen logos
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Volkswagen, which ended an 18-month partnership with Aurora Technologies on self-driving cars, could be getting ready to announce a new deal with Ford, Bloomberg reports.

Background: Ford and VW have already announced a broad alliance on commercial vehicles and pickup trucks, and have said they intend to cooperate on expensive new technologies in an uncertain future.

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Automakers and retailers explore bots and lockers to automate delivery

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In an eye-catching video, Ford and Agility Robotics recently touted their partnership and vision for autonomous delivery, illustrating the need for a system that can navigate from a parked vehicle up a set of stairs to reach the front door, for example.

The big picture: Autonomous vehicles are expected to decrease delivery costs by eventually removing drivers from the equation entirely, but the logistics of last meter delivery in particular remain intractable.