Ford has been officially enrolled in the California Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program.
Recently Ford announced their plan to test their autonomous cars on public roads. Ford also announced autonomous cars will be tested on the streets of California.
Ford has officially joined the California Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program. Ford officially announced the news on Tuesday the 15th of December, 2016. Ford will test their fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans on the streets of California.
The Ford Fusion is the product of Ford Research and Innovation Center. The Ford facility in Palo Alto has been continuously growing. The testing of the self-driving Ford cars will take place in 2016. Ford will receive permits to officially test their cars on the public streets.
The approval for testing on the streets of California is a major step for Ford. The milestone is especially noteworthy for Ford’s 10-year autonomous vehicle development program.
The testing is also essential to the Ford Smart Mobility program. The program aims to take Ford to the next level of connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles.
About 80 percent of the Palo Alto team at Ford is dedicated to the technology division. The Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto is one of the biggest research centers in the region.
It contains more than a hundred Ford researchers and innovators. Mark Fields is the President and CEO of Ford Motors. According to Fields, their Palo Alto team has grown significantly in 2015. Ford will keep on working towards developing mobility solutions continuously.
“Our Palo Alto team has grown significantly this year, using research and innovation to explore and develop future mobility solutions,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO.
“We’re attracting top talent from around the world to join our team in Silicon Valley, including employees from local technology companies and universities who want to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves.”
“Having a strong presence in Silicon Valley allows us to further accelerate our research on a wide range of technologies, and apply our insights to create real-world mobility solutions,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering.