The new Ford Silicon Valley research centre opened on Thursday at Palo Alto. It is here that company engineers will work on autonomous vehicles, remotely piloted vehicle development and other advancements in automotive technology. Ford expects to have the largest automotive research platforms in Silicon Valley by 2015 end. 120 researchers, engineers and scientists will be employed, expanding the Ford Silicon Valley endeavor even further. The company opened its first Silicon valley office in 2012.
Ford Smart Mobility was discussed at 2015 International CES, and it was confirmed that its Palo Alto research team will work on technologies concerning connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.
Innovations at Ford Silicon Valley in the field of autonomous vehicles will include working together with University of Michigan and MIT. Ford will also be presenting a Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle to Stanford engineering programme where it will be put to test. The next phase will see Ford Silicon Valley team testing aDRIVE, a virtual test environment based on gaming software. This will test algorithms where traffic sign recognition is concerned.
The Remote Repositioning mobility experiment will also be carried out at Ford Silicon Valley research centre. Ford is also tying up with Nest application program interface wherein NestProtect can warn Ford SYNC in the event of home emergencies. Ford Motor Co is also working alongside Carnegie Mellon University-Silicon Valley for a special speech recognition system that relies on Graphic Processing Unit allowing for better and faster processing for various in-car functions such as hands free phone dialing and navigation details.