Ford Uses Self-Driving Technology to Help Small Businesses

2019 Ford Mustang | Courtesy Ford | Sauk City, WI

Self-driving technology is new, exciting, and has a lot of promising applications. Ford recognizes the limitless possibilities of self-driving technology and is working with a group of small-business owners who operate flower shops, dry cleaners, and a pet car shop in Miami, to see how self-driving tech can work to improve their business flow.

Delivery is an often-requested service of a florist, but many smaller shops cannot afford the cost of a dedicated driver. A clever solution may be on the way in the form of a fleet of self-driving cars that serve multiple businesses in the area at once.

The service works via a mobile application. When the florist has a delivery request they need only request one via the app, receive a notification when the self-driving vehicle has arrived, and then load the cargo into the storage area. The recipient then receives a call or other notification to go out and retrieve her beautiful arrangement from the vehicle when it arrives. The vehicle then continues on its way to another delivery, perhaps for a completely different business, like a dry cleaner.

The technology is still in the trial phase, and no driverless vehicles are currently in service, but the trials that are currently collecting data have been promising and the potential for this service to help owners of small businesses in a variety of fields is very exciting.

We’re eager to see how Ford will use self-driving tech to help business owners. Contact Courtesy Ford today for more information!

Undiscovered Local Attractions in Southwest Wisconsin

Grandad Bluff - undiscovered local attractions

There are a lot of undiscovered local attractions in Wisconsin. Here’s some in our neck of the woods.

Norske Nook

In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Norske Nook is also known for their delectable pastries – featuring over 50 varieties of home-cooked pies! If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, go here.

Justin Trails B&B Resort

Want a staycation? The B&B resort adds so much more to the experience of a bed and breakfast. It sits on 200 acres of land, has a variety of cabins to stay in, offers hiking and golfing, and, in the wintertime is a hot spot for skiing and tubing.

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

The last few miles of the Wisconsin River are some of the most uninterrupted visions of serenity; how better to enjoy them than to camp out along the embankments in southwest Wisconsin?

Driftless Cafe

This curious, locally-sourced farm-to-table restaurant has an interesting quirkinstead of having seasonal or weekly specials, the staff changes their menu every day, posting their daily menu online for customers to see in advance.

Grandad Bluff

Climb 600 feet in the air to catch the sight of three states and the Mississippi River Valley. What’s more is that this bluff is a halfway point on a local scenic route, so it’s easy to find in your car for a day of cruising.

Check out these undiscovered local attractions near us here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!