Ford is making sure it won’t fall behind in autonomous vehicle technology.
The American automaker has announced research partnerships in Germany and the UK to further its development of autonomous driving solutions as well as future mobility in general. The company will team up with Germany’s RWTH Aachen University for a two-year project that will focus on technologies and services for customers’ changing expectations for personal mobility. The collaboration will also work on addressing traffic congestion and environmental issues. The company also wants to address the growing risks of urbanization, air pollution and hopes to change consumer attitudes.
In the UK, Ford will contribute to a government-sponsored project that is researching how autonomous vehicles and connected cars can be used in everyday commutes. The automaker will supply two prototype vehicles equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle communication capability to assist in testing an innovative public transport system.
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