Ford to begin autonomous vehicle testing in California
Ford has secured a California autonomous vehicle driving permit to begin testing fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans on public roads next year.
Fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans are taking to California streets next year, as Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto continues growing.
Ford is officially enrolled in the California Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.
The testing is further advancement of Ford’s 10-year autonomous vehicle development program and a key element of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.
Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto is one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in the region, with a team of more than 100 researchers, engineers and scientists.
The new research lab opened in January, expanding Ford’s presence in Silicon Valley, which dates back to 2012.
Eighty percent of the Palo Alto team joined Ford from the technology sector.
The remaining 20 per cent are Ford employees from the United States, China, Germany and Australia who bring automotive engineering and design expertise.
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