Ford Motor Company has today opened its Ford Research Center, Israel in the heart of Tel Aviv’s burgeoning technology community. The new center will serve as a research hub augmenting Ford’s global Research and Advanced Engineering team. It will also support Ford’s automotive and mobility businesses by identifying technologies and start-up companies in the fields of connectivity, sensors, automated-systems research, in-vehicle monitoring, and cyber security.
The Center, opened by Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company (photo above), will play a significant role as Ford pursues its vision to become the world’s most trusted company, designing smart vehicles for a smart world. The center will include a vehicle lab to support proof of concept efforts and AI work.
“We recognize the importance of being in one of the world’s leading innovation communities and ecosystems,” said Bill Ford. “This new center is not only an expansion of our existing Research and Innovation centers but provides an opportunity to join a growing innovation community in Israel.”
The research center will operate closely with Ford’s subsidiary, SAIPS, led by Udy Danino, founder and CEO, who has also been appointed as Israel Technical Director for the new center. SAIPS is an Israeli leading computer vision and machine learning company, acquired by Ford nearly three years ago.
Ford has had a presence in Israel for nearly a decade. In 2015, Ford it was among the first major automakers to host a developer challenge in Israel. The Ford Research Center in Tel Aviv joins Ford’s global network of research centers, including Aachen, Germany, Nanjing, China and Dearborn, USA.