Ford Invests C$500 Million for R&D in Canada; Doubles Connectivity Team and Opens New Research and Engineering Centre in Ottawa
@FordOnline - Mar-30-2017
Windsor, Ont., – Ford is expanding its Canadian research and development presence with an additional C$500 million investment, extending its connectivity leadership with the addition of more than 400 software and hardware engineers and plans to establish a new Ottawa Research and Engineering Centre.
The additional 400 engineers, approximately 300 of whom will be based in Canada, more than doubles Ford’s mobile connectivity engineering team. By doubling the size of the team, Ford will accelerate its pace of innovation, expand services to leverage the potential of the connected vehicle ecosystem and extend its connected vehicle technology leadership.
“Connectivity is the critical component to the future of mobility,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development and chief technical officer. “Whether it’s providing information to help reduce congestion in cities, allowing vehicles and infrastructure to communicate to keep us safer on the road or simply knowing all your personal settings when you enter a self-driving vehicle, connectivity is the key. By more than doubling our connectivity talent and establishing a research centre, we can innovate faster and deliver more software and services to exceed our customer’s expectations.”
The new Ottawa Research and Engineering Centre in Canada will focus on research and development across infotainment, in-vehicle modems, gateway modules, driver-assist features and autonomous(e) vehicles. Additional facilities will be located in Waterloo and Oakville, Ontario, as well as Cary, North Carolina and Sunrise, Florida. This will be Ford’s first centre focused on connectivity research and advanced technology in Canada, and it will serve global connectivity needs for Ford...