Ford enters ‘advanced engineering’ phase of work on self-driving technology

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 26, 2015

Ford Motor is now on the second phase of its work on autonomous technology – the advanced engineering program. The automaker has recently concluded the first phase, which is the research effort. Ford had formed a global team for this project led by Randy Visintainer, who has been with the brand for 29 years.

No timeframe has been revealed on when the autonomous vehicles will be rolled out. However, Ford’s lineup within the next five years will be available with driver-assist features that are included in the steps to achieve a self-driving vehicle.

During a media event, Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president for global product development, said that testing is already being done on autonomous vehicles and that production and sales of vehicles that are semi-autonomous have already begun.

Nair added that by next year in the U.S., Ford will start to sell a vehicle with technology that helps avoid bumping into pedestrians. The Ford Mondeo that’s available in Europe already has this feature. In a statement, the automaker said that this technology will appear on most of its products by 2019.

According to Ford CEO Mark Fields, the company is hoping to offer affordable, mass-market autonomous vehicles but it isn’t working to necessarily be the first to use this technology. He believes that by the end of this decade, autonomous vehicles will be introduced.

What entering the second phase actually means is that the automaker is testing and refining its algorithms as well as preparing the sensing and computing technology for production. Creating a vehicle program from this technology comprises the final phase.

Visintainer held the position as Ford’s director of product development quality. He also worked in various capacities in the advanced engineering group. Visintainer and his team are based in Dearborn. The team also consists of members in different sites worldwide such as Germany and the newly opened Palo Alto, Calif., research center.

Cameras have a big role in Ford’s driver-assist technologies, which will soon be more widely offered in the upcoming years.

By 2018, the rearview cameras will be standard equipment on its North American light passenger vehicles. By 2020, front cameras will be on most vehicles worldwide. Presently, rearview cameras are standard on 19 Ford models for sale in North America.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate saga continues, but it appears the German company would be able to get out of trouble, but it would not be unscathed. This development comes as Volkswagen...
by - January 22, 2017
When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a...
by - January 22, 2017
Remember Zenos Cars, a British carmaker that specializes in designing and building lightweight and high-performance sports cars? If you are wondering how the company is faring with their E10 lightweight...
by - January 21, 2017
Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model...
by - January 21, 2017
BMW’s 550i xDrive has long been considered as one of the most successful business sedans in the world. For the brand, this may not be enough as it has officially...
by - January 20, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries