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Ford Creates $4 Billion Spin-Off For Self-Driving Vehicles

Ford Creates $4 Billion Spin-Off For Self-Driving Vehicles

Ford Motor has set up a unit valued at $4 billion as part of its broader effort to research and develop for commercial use. The ultimate goal is to launch its commercial self-driving platform in 2021. Toward that end, the automotive company is inviting third parties to invest in its newly created self-driving unit called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. Ford Vice President Sherif Marakby will be responsible for the new business, which will be based in Ford’s new Corktown campus in Detroit where the company will conduct research, engineering, and systems integration for self-driving vehicles. Ford’s own investment also includes the $1 billion that was previously reserved for Argo AI, a self-driving startup based in Pittsburgh. Ford purchased Argo AI for $1 billion last year as part of its plans to develop the computational backed for self-driving cars. Since then, Ford’s self-driving ambition has steadily progressed with a number of partnerships with several companies and a string of research and development efforts centered around self-driving technologies. Last February, Ford began testing its own self-driving vehicle fleet in Miami, Florida, with the vehicles in question being powered by the technology built by Argo AI. Last […]

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