Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today opened its Ford Research Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. The new center will serve as a research hub for Ford’s global research and advanced engineering team and support Ford’s automotive and mobility businesses by identifying technologies and startup companies in connectivity, sensors, automated systems research, in-vehicle monitoring, and cyber security.
The center will include a vehicle lab to support proof of concept efforts and artificial intelligence work. Ford has had a presence in the country for nearly a decade.
“We recognize the importance of being in one of the world’s leading innovation communities and ecosystems,” says Bill Ford, executive chairman of 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 Israel research center will work closely with SAIPS, a subsidiary of Ford led by Udy Danino, founder and CEO, who has also been appointed as Israel Technical Director for the new center. SAIPS is a computer vision and machine learning company in Israel that Ford acquired about three years ago.
“Expanding Ford’s presence in Israel with the new research center will allow us to engage with the best technology and leading companies a lot faster and further support Ford’s goals of bringing together our vehicle and technology expertise to create new solutions to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow,” says Udy Danino.
Ford was among the first major automakers to host a developer challenge in Israel, returning to Tel Aviv with its fourth annual MakeItDriveable startup event, which originated in Israel and spread to Germany, Ireland, and France over recent years.
The Ford Research Center, Israel is located in the new Adgar 360 building. Ford has other global research centers in Germany, China, and Dearborn.
Ford has about 196,000 employees worldwide.