Ford Motor Co. and Mobileye, an Intel company, announced that they are collaborating on driver assistance systems across Ford’s global product lineup. Mobileye will provide its EyeQ family of devices, together with vision-processing software to support Level 1 and Level 2 driver assistance systems in Ford vehicles globally.
“Providing people with extra confidence while driving is invaluable, and it’s exactly what our available Ford Co-Pilot360 features are designed to do,” said Lisa Drake, Chief Operating Officer, North America; Vice President, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company. “By customizing Mobileye’s excellent software and sensing technology, Ford’s great driver assist features will continue to evolve and provide customers with confidence on the road throughout the life of their vehicles.”
The automaker says it will bring Mobileye’s name front and center through the inclusion of its logo in the company’s SYNC driver assist displays.
“It is a privilege to extend and expand our long-standing collaboration with a company that is so committed to safety on behalf of its global customer base,” said Prof. Amnon Shashua, President and CEO, Mobileye. “We look forward to working closely together to bring these functionalities to market in the full Ford product lineup.”
As part of the high-volume agreement, new production vehicles will use Mobileye’s EyeQ computer chips and software to support features under the Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology. Used to help precisely identify what the windshield camera in a vehicle can see—including lane markings, traffic signs, pedestrians, and other vehicles—the 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.
The automaker says it will take advantage of Mobileye’s technology throughout the life 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 the companies 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.
Additionally, the automaker is evaluating the use of Roadbook in its vehicles. Roadbook uses anonymized, crowd-sourced data from vehicle cameras to build a high-definition map that can be accessed by vehicles and leveraged by driver assist technology.
New production Ford vehicles will use Mobileye’s EyeQ3 and EyeQ4 for Level 1 and Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems platforms. The company say its EyeQ family is set apart from the competition by its ability to support complex and computationally intense vision processing while maintaining low power consumption even when located on the windshield of a vehicle. Building on the capabilities of its predecessors, EyeQ4 can process multiple sensors and other inputs required for driver assist features.
For more information, visit www.corporate.ford.com.