Automaker Ford Inaugurates New Research Center in Tel Aviv

Marco Green
June 12, 2019

The new center will serve as a research hub in conjunction with Ford's global research and advanced engineering team, the company said in a statement. Bill Ford, the executive chairman of the company, who is now on a visit to Israel was present at the opening ceremony.

Ford's global network of research centers include Aachen in Germany, Nanjing in China and Dearborn in the United States.

Israel in recent years has grown to rival Silicon Valley in terms of tech entrepreneurship, with success stories such as Mobileye, which is headquartered in Jerusalem and was acquired by Intel in 2017 for $15 billion.

After announcing its partnership with Aurora in early 2018, VW last June began discussions with Ford to develop a range of commercial vehicles, later extending the discussions to include electric vehicles and Argo's autonomous driving technology as part of an alliance created to save billions in costs.

Udy Danino, founder and CEO of Ford-subsidiary SAIPS AC Ltd. will be the new center's technical director. "The ecosystem I've seen here is just incredible". Israel, which traditionally had no auto manufacturing activities to speak of, has become an unlikely leader in technologies that look set to transform vehicles as we know them, with tech giants like Google and Intel, and auto manufacturers including Honda, GM, BMW and Volkswagen, all scouting and investing in Israeli tech in this field.

The center will support Ford's automotive and mobility businesses by identifying technologies and start-up companies in the fields of connectivity, sensors, automated-systems research, in-vehicle monitoring and cyber security, the company said.

David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel, said that the US-Israeli relationship is "getting stronger every day, and today is one of these days".

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