Ford acquires robotic vehicles expert company

July 31, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Ford acquires robotic vehicles expert company
Since its launch in 1999, the US company Quantum Signal (Saline, Michigan) has been working on mobile robotics. The startup helped the US military, for example, to develop software that made it possible to remotely control robotic vehicles from thousands of kilometers away. The company also set up a simulation environment for testing autonomous vehicle designs. Now Ford has bought the startup.

In recent years, Ford has assembled a team of highly skilled experts in software development, simulation and artificial intelligence from around the world to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles. This effort is now being furthered with the acquisition of Quantum Signal. The goal is to leverage extensive experience in real-time simulation, robotics and sensor technology. Quantum Signal's broad spectrum will help Ford develop its self-propelled vehicle business, including software development and hardware prototyping.

With Quantum Signal's expertise, Ford intends to develop more comprehensive simulation environments in which not only the vehicles themselves can be tested, but the entire business model of the car manufacturer," said Randal Visintainer, CTO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles, LLC.

 

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