IBEF: February 07, 2020
Ford inaugurated its technology and innovation centre at Ford's Global Technology and Business Centre (GTBC) campus in SIPCOT SEZ. This centre was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Mr Edapaddi K Palaniswami in the presence of Mr Michael Brielmaier, President and MD, Ford India.
The centre is spread across 15,000 sq. ft. and has a capacity to house around 10,000 employees. According to the company's press release, this centre highlights the importance of Tamil Nadu to Ford and reaffirms the company's commitment to India by providing job opportunities to people here.
There are many facilities available for the automotive sector at the centre such as simulation labs for virtual models and testing; extended/virtual reality labs to aid in advancement of manufacturing simulations; artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities; and a component and vehicle lab for design, development and testing, says the press release.
Mobility Experience Lab is one of the features of the innovation facility. The lab consists of simulations for Ford's Office Ride, an app-based shared mobility solution for corporate employees, which reached over five million rides since its launch in mid-2018.
Ford's mobility team, which leads the company's work in connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles, also has a presence at Chennai's GTBC.
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