Ford company is largely increscent in Canadian territory investing supplementary 0.5 billion Canadian dollars to hire 0.4 thousand people to their newly organized research center. It is named Ottawa Research & Engineering Centre & its location, as it is obvious, is in Canadian Ottawa city. From these people, around three hundred shall work in this researching facility while the rest will go be allocated to different centers, already existing ones, to strengthen the positions of Ford in the field of connectivity development.
According to Raj Nair, the executive Vice President of the company, connexion issue is the necessary step in the self-driving cars and the rest of the cars in the future. Under ‘connexion issue’ notion, he understands these:
• cars will exchange data with the infrastructure to supply safer & more convenient transportation
• the car operator’s personal settings and preferences that he or she has in various types of gadgets, social networks, clouds, that might be applicable during the ride when he or she sits in a vehicle to make a ride with or without driverless tech.
To achieve this, company doubles the existing development team. They will engage mainly in the built-in modems that would allow interchanging the information between the cars, environment, and the user’s data on the Internet, supplemented with gateway modules to reach not only the next level of safety and the seamless driving experience but also to deliver more infotainment to the drivers. This research center will also be engaged in autonomous vehicles and driver-assist options.
The two other development facilities that benefit from the investments are Fuel research centre & Oakville Assembly Complex. The first one will study and investigate the alternative types of fuel and is a research wing of the second one. The latter, in turn, will continue to be engaged in making upgrades to the existing line of production of crossover utilities that currently exported to 100+ locations and states.
Thus, $ 0.5 billion money are mainly allocated to contribute to the developments of data exchange technology and continue the pace of driverless researches. In the same time, their humble part goes on the support of existing technologies to enhance and improve them. As group vice president of Ford company, Bruce Hettle tells, ‘The mutually beneficial cooperation with Unifor company makes as create an irresistible package and make us able to invest more significant finances in the Windsor site. This project is directed to make the best levels of power train innovations in the manufacturing process combined with new flexible technology into Canada.’
The new talents that are hired are mainly connectivity and data transfer engineers and they will allow Ford to focus on this technology advancement in their research center in Canada. The company wants to remain a leader in this 131-billion dollars business, the value of which is foreseen by 2019 by Transparency Market Research organization.