Autonomy and connectivity drive innovation at Ford

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Ford has submitted close to 6000 patent applications in 2015 with many relating to connectivity and vehicle autonomy.

Global motor manufacturer, Ford has seen a 36% increase in the number of patent submissions in 2015 over the previous year to achieve a record level of innovation since Henry Ford himself submitted 150 patents during the fledgling years of the company.

The unprecendented level of innovation this year has extended over a range of technologies from autonomy to electrification and even an invention to enable cyclists to share road reports with other users of two-wheeled transport to help improve safety for such vulnerable road users.

As part of the Ford Smart Mobility plan, the bulk of the company’s innovations have been centred around vehicle connectivity, autonomy and user mobility which are delivering products that enable advanced analytics, wearable technology and improved vehicle safety. Examples include the ability to detect other vehicles at obstructed intersections and a system that suggests a safe vehicle speed based on GPS data, the average speed of other vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure status in the driving path.

V2x (vehicle-to-anything) communications technology innovations provide autonomous vehicles with greater awareness of surroundings including positions of pedestrians based on innovative breakthroughs from Ford.

According to Ford’s Executive Vice President and CTO, Raj Nair, the company is taking part in and hosting hackathons and innovation labs at an increased pace to show that invention is a priority for the company.

“Our engineers and scientists are inventing ways to address mobility challenges more than ever with more patent applications filed this year on car-sharing, wearables, bikes, cloud computing and in other areas to improve consumers’ lives inside and outside the car,” he said.

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