As Uber and Tesla have had to learn the hard way, it only takes a little bad press or negative exposure from mainstream media and public trust towards autonomous vehicles goes straight ..”out of the window”. Ford has taken that lesson to heart, claiming recently that it would rather instill confidence in self-driving cars than be first to produce them or introduce them to the market. In a letter to the US Department of Transportation (DoT) and 44-page report called “A Matter of Trust,” the automaker detailed how it plans to safely test its self-driving vehicles on public roads whilst obviously also using this to instill trust in their customers that their safety comes first. Why such focus on trust specifically? The death of a pedestrian involving a Uber self-driving vehicle with a safety driver in particular had a very negative impact on public’s opinion of self-driving cars. Prior to that, 44% of US adults said…