When it comes to innovations in the automotive industry, Ford has always been at the forefront. Just imagine where the industry would be without the Henry Ford-invented assembly line.
Now, jump ahead more than 100 years and a new Ford research center is opening in Palo Alto, California. This center will join Ford’s global network of research centers, including facilities in Dearborn, Michigan and Aachen, Germany.
The Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, as it is formally called, will focus on advancing Ford’s position in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experiences, and 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 Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO, in a statement. “This new research center 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 new center will have 125 researchers, engineers, and scientists and will be one of the largest automotive research centers in Silicon Valley. Some of the first projects the teams will work on include integration with the smart Nest home energy management system and remote driving capabilities.
Here at Paul Obaugh Ford, we are excited by Ford’s continual investment in new technologies and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ford.