As part of the effort to come up with self driving car, Ford is working with Silicon Valley-based 3D-printing firm Carbon3D to produce high quality automotive grade parts. Carbon3D has developed an amazing 3D printing technology that grows parts from UV curable resins at speed the speed of 25 to 100 times of the normal 3D printing processes which hopefully able to fasten the production of autonomous car. This technology is known as CLIP – Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology.
Ford has also announced that the new feature, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, has been implemented in Ford Mondeo model in Europe. The company plans to implement the feature to Ford’s car model which is sold in United States in the next few months. However, there is no further information on which model.
The Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection feature will provide warning to the drivers about a potential collision and if the driver cannot response within a time frame then the vehicle will brake automatically which hopefully will avoid or minimize the impact of the collision.
Ford has also reported that the company is working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University in order to come up with algorithm to be used in autonomous cars which is part of “Blueprint for Mobility” plan that the company has developed.
On top of that, Ford also has started the development of MyFord Mobile app extension which is designed to be able to work with smartwatches including Android Wear.