The car is likely to be based on the Ford Mondeo, without a steering wheel or pedals, and available with different types of powertrains – including hybrid and EV variants – depending on the market.
Ford stressed that it wants to ensure its technology works in all markets. Testing is already underway in the US, which is the centre for the development of this project, and cars will be on American roads in 2021.
With European testing not starting until next year, the technology will roll out on the continent after it does in the US, but it’s not yet decided when exactly that will be.
"The test vehicle is based on the Mondeo, and it's the most flexible platform," said Thomas Lukaszewicz, Ford's European automated driving manager.
"For car sharing, I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate body than Mondeo. But the final decision of what it will be has not been made.