Ford Research & Innovation Center opens its doors in Palo Alto, California

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 23, 2015

Ford Motor Co. chief executive Mark Fields was set to announce the opening of the Ford Research & Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, located almost 3 miles from Stanford University. Ford is one of the many carmakers that have set up r&d centers in Silicon Valley, like Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volkswagen Group – usually to tap the area’s talented engineers and/or collaborate with tech giants like Apple, Google and Intel.

Ford has been present in Silicon Valley since January 2012, when it opened a 10-personnel office at another location in Palo Alto to work on big data and open-source computing.

The new Ford Research & Innovation Center means more people working for the carmaker. In fact, Ford’s internal job listings have 16 open positions in Palo Alto -- engineers, researchers and programmers.

The creation of the r&d center in Palto Alto underscores the significance of Silicon Valley to Ford’s CEO, who is known to be a frequent visitor and an advocate for the carmaker to embrace new technologies and business models.

The ceremony for the opening of the new Ford Research & Innovation Center will be graced, aside from Fields, by Ford Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair and Ken Washington, Ford’s vice president of research and advanced engineering.

Topics: ford, california

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