Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle Push

Discussion in 'Ford' started by xcel, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Everyone is moving down this path. Here is Ford’s story with California roots.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Dec. 15, 2015

    2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle.

    A groups of fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans will be rolling on California streets next year, as Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto continues growing.

    Ford is officially enrolled in the California Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program to test autonomous vehicles on public roads. The testing is further advancement of Ford’s 10-year autonomous vehicle development program.

    According to Ford’s release, the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto is one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in the region, with a team of more than 100 researchers, engineers and scientists. The new research lab opened in January, expanding Ford’s presence in Silicon Valley.

    Eighty percent of the Palo Alto team joined Ford from the technology sector. The remaining 20 percent are Ford employees from the United States, China, Germany and Australia who bring automotive engineering and design expertise.


    The Silicon Valley facility has conducted this past year includes:
    • Autonomous vehicle virtual test drive - This study allows virtual interaction between an autonomous car and pedestrians, replicating real-world situations to better understand and develop responses to some of the unexpected things that can happen on the road

    • Sensors on autonomous vehicles detect and track objects in the vehicle’s view, fusing information together to provide a 360-degree view of the car’s surroundings – including street signs, other vehicles, even pedestrians

    • Camera-based pedestrian detection - Camera sensors serve as the eyes of a vehicle, allowing the car to “see” and sense pedestrians

    • Data-driven health care - Through data collection from Ranger pickups and motorcycles outfitted with OpenXC technology, Ford is working with Riders for Health to collect GPS data and mapping coordinates to make health care, vaccines and medication delivery to people throughout rural Africa more efficient and accessible
    Ford has cultivated relationships with top universities this year, including University of California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Santa Clara and San Jose State. The company is further expanding its research collaboration with Stanford in 2016, planning 13 projects covering all five areas of Ford Smart Mobility – more than double the number of collaborations this year.
  2. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    I don't understand why each automaker decides to go at it and develop their own system, instead of partnering with Google or something like that. Maybe Google doesn't want automaker partners? But one thing that automakers have shown us is that they suck at making software (crappy nav, poor voice recognition, easily hacked over a cell connection, etc). Why not work with a company that knows how to develop software, and who already has a significant investment in the self-driving field.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    I have asked those in the business that same question numerous times and I hear back because Google wants all the data. My reply is so what. What are you going to do with it?


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