Autonomous & Semi Autonomous Vehicles

Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle

Ford’s research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including on-going work with the University of Michigan and M.I.T., the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research. Ford is contributing a Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year.

Autonomous Driving Refined in Virtual Environments In addition, the Palo Alto team developed a virtual test environment based on gaming software, called aDRIVE (for Autonomous Driving Refined in Virtual Environments), that will test algorithms such as traffic sign recognition in dynamic driving situations. This allows for more aggressive time lines for validating driving algorithms to prepare for on-road testing.

Ford is already manufacturing and selling semi-autonomous vehicles that use software and sensors to steer into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, adjust speed based on traffic flow or apply the brakes in an emergency. Our semi-autonomous technologies include Lane Keeping, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Active Park Assist and Traffic Jam Assist.

Smart Mobility

25 Global Experiments

Ford at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show highlighted how it is using innovation not only to create advanced new vehicles but also to help change the way the world moves by solving today’s growing global transportation challenges. The company announced its Ford Smart Mobility plan to use innovation to take it to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. Ford also announced 25 mobility experiments around the world this year to test breakthrough transportation ideas to create better customer experiences, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration that can reward customers.

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Big Data & Analytics

openxcplatform.com

Ford is leveraging its OpenXC platform to help learn how customers are using their vehicles, and is conducting analytics to detect patterns and learnings that can lead to product improvements or new mobility services. In addition, Palo Alto-based engineers are expanding their research to develop sensor kits to gather information from bicycles and other common forms of transportation in urban areas. The devices gather data including wheel speed, acceleration and altitude. The data could provide insight into how alternate modes of transportation might be best positioned to serve future urban mobility needs.

Connectivity

Works with NEST

Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments. A vehicle communicates with the Nest Thermostat to switch it to “Away Mode,” reducing energy use automatically when homeowners leave. Once close to home, the vehicle sends an alert to set the house thermostat to the preferred temperature. Nest Protect can warn Ford SYNC® when home emergency notifications are triggered.

Connectivity

Works with NEST

Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments. A vehicle communicates with the Nest Thermostat to switch it to “Away Mode,” reducing energy use automatically when homeowners leave. Once close to home, the vehicle sends an alert to set the house thermostat to the preferred temperature. Nest Protect can warn Ford SYNC® when home emergency notifications are triggered.