Automakers use their Silicon Valley offices to stay ahead of the curve in high-tech innovation. The local automotive centers are playing a bigger role in car companies’ investment and technology strategies. And, as they grow, they need to attract more highly qualified staff. The last 18 months have seen huge automotive deals moving in and Read More..
Ford China and Baidu have signed an agreement to work together to enrich the consumer experience and develop a sustainable mobility ecosystem in China. The strategic collaboration will look at topics including artificial intelligence, digital services and digital marketing. Baidu’s DuerOS ‘conversational’ AI platform will form the basis of Ford China’s next-generation infotainment systems and Read More..
As the relationship between Detroit and Silicon Valley matures, automotive manufacturers are increasingly connecting IT projects out west to their global operations. While remaining in ‘research’ mode for projects is a feature of virtually all Silicon Valley-based automotive centers, the work done here also benefits from having access to the engineers, facilities and capital of Read More..
Ford Motor and Volkswagen Group are looking at ways to cooperate as both companies face a rapidly changing automotive business environment. The two carmakers said in a joint statement that they are exploring a strategic alliance that could involve joint projects, including, in particular, the development of commercial vehicles. Cooperation agreements between car companies aren’t Read More..
Carmakers are expanding technology and IT offices in Silicon Valley, and tasking them with functions that are different from the roles played by traditional R&D centers Silicon Valley has a long history in the transport industry stretching back nearly a century, notably in aerospace, aeronautics and defense. Along with the private sector, government and military Read More..
Ford Commercial Solutions – a business unit of Ford Smart Mobility – has launched an open platform called Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) for fleets to manage data flow to and from their vehicles. Aimed primarily at large company fleets, telematics providers and fleet management companies, the TMC uses the vehicles’ built-in modems to transfer data Read More..
Waze, said to be the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, is now available via iPhone and AppLink in Ford vehicles equipped with the SYNC 3 communications system. The app can be projected directly onto the in-dash screen and controlled using voice commands. Users can download the Waze app and need only then to Read More..
Dragos Muciuca has worked in Silicon Valley for 20 years, starting in the early days of BMW’s technology office scouting for new technology and startups. He went on to work in a range of engineering and R&D roles, including at Lockheed Martin and Apple, before joining Ford in Palo Alto in 2015. As technical leader Read More..
Ford Motor appointed Jeff Lemmer CIO, succeeding Marcy Klevorn, who assumed broader mobility responsibilities last year. Lemmer, who currently serves as vice president and chief operating officer of information technology, will take up his new role June 1. He has spent his entire career at Ford, serving in a range of IT leadership positions at Read More..
The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), Audi, Ford and Qualcomm Technologies have demonstrated Cellular Vehicle-To-Everything (C-V2X) real-time direct communications. This will be compatible with future 5G cellular technology, is said to promise benefits for road safety, automated driving and traffic efficiency, and could be ready for industry deployment by 2020. The showcase in Washington DC, involving Read More..