Ford opens computing lab to focus on self-driving cars and data

Car giant Ford held the grand opening for its new Silicon Valley research center on Thursday. There, the company will work on the future of digital technologies for its cars, from autonomous vehicles to connectivity to new human machine interfaces. At the event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. PT, Ford plans to show off its latest self-driving car tech, how big data will inform its vehicles, and partnerships with Valley startups like Nest.

Ford’s new center will staff 125 researchers and engineers by the end of the year, and the site will expand its presence in the Valley.¬†Ford has brought on former Apple engineer Dragos Maciuca to lead the center.

As part of its new R&D, Ford also announced a new research partnership with Stanford University, which will focus on an autonomous Fusion Hybrid. Engineers in the Stanford University engineering program will get access to the car for testing and research.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest on Ford’s technology from the event. Stay tuned.