Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ford Moves Closer to Autonomous Vehicle Development

Ford Moves Closer to Autonomous Vehicle Development

WESTLAND, Mich.– Ford is transitioning its autonomous vehicle research into an advanced engineering program headed by 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer and comprised of a global team that includes Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto. 

As Ford moves closer to autonomous vehicle development, the advanced engineering program headed by Visintainer takes them into the second of three phases that make the journey of taking autonomous driving technology to market. The second phase will include the testing of sensing and computing technology, and polishing algorithms.

The much-discussed Ford Smart Mobility plan umbrellas the advanced engineering team’s driver-assist technology focus areas that are intended to carry Ford vehicles in the direction of connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data.

SBD North America determined that as of now, Ford vehicles dominate driver-assistance features in Four U.S. vehicle segments: the F-150 in the large-duty pickup segment; the Edge and Explorer in the midsize SUV segment; the Fusion in the midsize car segment; and the Taurus in the large car segment.

In the next five years Ford will spread driver-assist technologies across their product lineup to promote even more automated driving capability, According to Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development,

With driver-assist technologies such as active park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping aid and blind spot monitoring, it’s not hard to imagine the future as Ford moves closer to autonomous vehicle development.

Ford Moves Closer to Autonomous Vehicle Development

Ford is also collaborating with Silicon Valley start-ups and innovators to discover mobility solutions and extend them globally to millions of people. 

One of the major Silicon Valley companies Ford is collaborating with is Carbon3D from Redwood City, CA., which created Continuous Liquid Interface Production Technology– a 3D printing technology that uses UV curable resins to grow parts 25 to 100 times faster than traditional 3D printing processes. Ford has used this technology to produce elastomer grommets for the Ford Focus Electric and damping bumper parts for the Transit Connect, and intends to use the technology to produce other high-quality automotive-grade parts.

By measure of Ford’s willingness to delve into research and advanced engineering at full speed, it only makes sense that these future vehicles will be of the highest quality. We see the technology Ford has come out with so far, and expect it to continue progressing. That’s why we’re loud and proud about the New Ford Cars or New Ford Trucks at our Westland Ford Dealership

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