Ford opens tech and research center in Silicon Valley, employs ex Apple exec

By Glen White
Ford has opened a new research center in technology hot spot Silicon Valley. The company has opened the new facility to step up research into connected...

Ford has opened a new research center in technology hot spot Silicon Valley. The company has opened the new facility to step up research into connected vehicles, autonomous driving and the application of big data.

“At Ford, we view ourselves as both a mobility and an auto company, as we drive innovation in every part of our business,” said chief executive Mark Fields as he opened the new centre in Palo Alto, California.

“This new research centre shows Ford's commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem anticipating customers' wants and needs, especially on connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. We are working to make these new technologies accessible to everyone, not just luxury customers.”

The move comes as global automakers work to add new kinds of technologies to their vehicles, including ‘infotainment,’ crash avoidance and self-driving systems.

Ford said it expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centres in America's Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists.

The research centre is headed by Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing as well as aerospace and automotive technology.

“Future mobility solutions will require fresh ideas and vigorous collaboration between researchers inside Ford and with other technology leaders outside the automotive industry,” said Raj Nair, Ford vice president and chief technical officer.

“Our Palo Alto research team will build on existing relationships with universities and technology companies, and forge new ones to help us create and apply the appropriate technology working together.”

At the opening, Ford previewed a system that integrates with the Google Nest smart home technology that allows a vehicle to communicates with a thermostat to make changes when leaving or returning from a home. Ford is also testing systems for autonomous driving and parking.

Share

Featured Articles

Three steps to building a resilient enterprise ecosystem

Rob McAveney, CTO at software company Aras, shares his three top tips to create a resilient enterprise ecosystem which can help businesses to adapt

Chocolate manufacturer Venchi on sustainable packaging

Cècile Osti, of luxury chocolate manufacturer Venchi, discusses balancing tradition while expanding the market, Easter 2022 & sustainable packaging

Sustainability goals in manufacturing need a boost with AI

Moving sustainability goals from the boardroom to the control room will need the power of AI to truly reduce emissions, says Jane Ren, founder of Atomiton

Mitigating market disruptions using AI in manufacturing

AI & Automation

Business Intelligence: defining customer experience at Accu

Technology

Expect to see these food manufacturing trends in 2022

AI & Automation