Ford to Open Research Lab in Silicon Valley
Ford said the lab will become a "hub to develop a wide spectrum of partnerships with established and startup tech firms and with universities in the area, such as Stanford."Ford Motor Co., whose vehicles have become rolling computers thanks to partnerships with Microsoft, Google, Bluetooth and others, announced Jan. 6 that it plans to open a research lab near Stanford University to get closer to IT innovators. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said that the Palo Alto, Calif., facility will be its "first-ever dedicated R&D office on the West Coast" and that it plans to open the lab within the next few months. It will employ around 15 people, including some recruited locally and others who will rotate in from Ford's headquarters.
The company is a little late to the party, although there is still plenty of room for IT development in motor vehicles of all kinds. Electric-car makers Tesla and Better Place are already headquartered in the Stanford Research Park area, which includes the Palo Alto Research Center, and BMW, General Motors and the Renault-Nissan alliance also have research centers in Silicon Valley.