American multinational automaker-Ford Motor Company has recently announced to start Ford’s technology and innovation centre in Electronics Corporation of Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday inaugurated the latest centre on Thursday. According to reports the centre is located at Sholinganallur in Chennai. The agreement for a Ford Research and Development Centre was undertaken in 2015 at Global Investors Meet.
The Detroit based company is allegedly investing in the growth of innovative lab testing procedure for the entire automotive industry like simulation labs for virtual models and testing, extended or virtual reality labs, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities and component and vehicle lab for design, development and testing.
Owning to reports, the global technology and business centre comprises of 28 acres with 2.5 million square feet and can house more than 10,000 employees.
In the wake of the new announcement, Ford India head Michael Brielmaier commented, “This centre will be more for vehicles that will be designed and developed out of India but will be produced primarily in India. With the next generation of products coming in and the electric vehicle business occupying a major component of what the Indian government wants us to do, the technology and innovation centre will help us to remain at top of the race.”
In addition, the company is working on its one-of a kind mobility experience lab, which includes simulations for the company’s Office Ride. It is an app which allows shared mobility for corporate employees, which has received more than five million rides since its launch in mid-2018.