Ford Motor Company (F) has partnered with MIT and Stanford on autonomous car projects

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has announced that they are partnering withStanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to work on autonomous car project. The MIT team will look at how a car can predict the actions of pedestrians and cars around them.

Stanford will research ways for cars to see around obstructions to navigate around them. The Stanford and MIT teams will use the Fusion Hybrid vehicle for their research. The Fusion Hybrid has four Lidar sensors for creating real-time map environments.

The partnership between the auto giant and the schools was announced by Ford COO Mark Fields at the opening of the Washington Auto Show.

“In the long term, we see a future of connected cars that communicate with each other and with the world around them to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and achieve major environmental benefits,” stated Fields as quoted by Reuters. “It is likely to bring fully autonomous navigation and parking.”

Ford did not say how much that are planning on spending for the initiative.