Ford, Mobileye Team Up To Offer Next-Generation Driver Assistance Tech
US automaker Ford Motor and Mobileye, the Jerusalem-based firm acquired by Intel in 2017, announced this week that they have reached a deal to offer next-generation driver-assistance systems across Ford’s global product lineup.
Mobileye will provide its suite of EyeQ sensing technology to support available Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology driver-assist features like forward collision warning and cyclist detection.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Ford will display Mobileye’s name in vehicles through the inclusion of its logo in the automaker’s SYNC driver-assist communication displays, making customers aware that some Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology features use sensing capabilities provided by Mobileye, according to a joint announcement.
Mobileye’s technology will support features such as Lane-Keeping System, Auto High-Beam headlamps, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, as well as Active Drive Assist hands-free driving coming to the all-new Mustang Mach-E and all-new F-150.
In addition to the EyeQ family of devices, Mobileye will also provide vision-processing software to support Level 1 and Level 2 driver-assistance systems in Ford vehicles globally.
Level 1 systems are defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers as automating a single part of the driving experience, such as steering or acceleration/deceleration, while Level 2 systems provide both steering and acceleration/braking support. Both require drivers to supervise the performance of the vehicle.
Ford said it will take advantage of Mobileye’s technology throughout the lifecycle of its next-generation production vehicles, including F-150 and Mustang Mach-E, as well as future products that offer advanced driver-assistance systems features.
While Ford and Mobileye have worked together for years, this marks the first time Ford is committing to the company’s technology for the entire lifecycle of its next-generation vehicles. Both parties will work with designated Ford Tier 1 providers to supply the technology for vehicle integration, the companies said.
Founded in 1999, Mobileye is considered a leader in vision-based self-driving car and advanced driver-assistance systems which provide warnings for collision prevention and mitigation. Mobileye is now an Israeli subsidiary of Intel Corporation, after a $15.3 billion acquisition in 2017.
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