Artificial intelligence – the brain at the heart of the autonomous car

Ford’s billion-dollar investment in Argo AI underlines the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) expertise for the auto industry of the future. By Freddie Holmes

In February 2017, Ford announced that it would invest US$1bn over five years into artificial intelligence (AI) start-up, Argo AI. The OEM had previously shared plans to launch a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in 2021, and Chief Executive Mark Fields says Ford has made “significant progress.”

In order to achieve this goal, the vehicle manufacturer needed a boost. Its autonomous vehicles feature a wealth of sensor technology and computing power, but in order to reach more advanced automation, its cars need to get smarter. This is where Argo comes in – its team of researchers has been …

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