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.
Ford Motor Company and Mobileye, an Intel company, have announced they are extending their collaboration with the aim of upgrading the camera-based detection capabilities of its driver-assist systems.
As chosen supplier of vision-sensing technology for Ford’s advanced driver-assistance systems, 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.
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.
The EyeQ sensing technology will support Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver-assist features such as lane-keeping system, auto high beam headlamps, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane-centering
“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 customising 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.”
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 performance of the vehicle.
“Ford’s great driver-assist features will continue to evolve and provide customers with confidence on the road throughout the life of their vehicles”
Ford said 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 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.
Additionally, Ford is evaluating the use of Roadbook in its vehicles. Roadbook uses anonymised, crowd-sourced data from vehicle cameras to build a high-definition map that can be accessed by vehicles and leveraged by driver-assist technology, including hands-free driving features like available Active Drive Assist.
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