Ford Motor Co. opens Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto

Article by Christian A., on January 25, 2015

Ford Motor Co. has opened its Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, aimed at accelerating the carmaker’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive, remarked that the new research center shows the company’s commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem.

He added that the new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto is working on new technologies -- connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles – to make them accessible to everyone. The Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, located in Stanford Research Park, is the newest of Ford’s research and innovation centers around the world.

One of these research and innovation centers is located in Dearborn, Michigan, which works on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics. Another one is located in Aachen, Germany, focusing on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems.

The new research center in Palo Alto will be home to around 125 researchers, engineers and scientists by the end of 2015, making it one of the largest car-making research centers in Silicon Valley. The new research center will be led by Dragos Maciuca as senior technical leader for innovation.

He is an engineer with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive with vast extensive Silicon Valley experience advising startups, developing and commercializing products while collaborating with universities and leading cross-functional teams.

The carmaker recently introduced at the 2015 International CES the Ford Smart Mobility, which outlines the carmaker’s plans to accelerate innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data – areas where the research center in Palo Alto will focus on. [source: Ford]

If you liked the article, share on:

Topics: ford

Comments

Recommended

It seems like we are reporting about BMW cars every week. And this week, we are going to talk about the BMW 8 Series, because first, we have been waiting...
by - June 21, 2018
Right now, Audi is in the earliest stages when it comes to developing a fully electric supercar. But as this technology is still a few years away before they can...
by - June 16, 2018
Mercedes-AMG only came out with the E43 lineup a few years ago, and already, the said model is ready to retire the badge so they could give way for the...
by - June 14, 2018
The Ford F-150 Raptor is probably one of the coolest offroad vehicles out there, and the great news is that the automaker already has planned upgrades for the 2019 model...
by - June 14, 2018
After the German automaker unveiled a new 911 Speedster Concept on Friday, we are starting to think that Porsche’s long line of Speedster models could expand again. Just like the...
by - June 13, 2018