A new partnership with Russia’s St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University has Ford studying robot communication systems on the International Space Station to improve vehicle communication on Earth. Ford technical leader Oleg Gusikhin says the main roadblock to transforming cars into mobile messengers (like robots) is that no network offers 100% coverage nationwide. “The problem has been around in space communication for quite some time,” Gusikhin says. “[We’re trying to] leverage the lessons learned and the technology they already have to the vehicle.”
Each year the magazine selects the 10 technology products that matter most. In addition to the newest member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family, awards were also given to a new type of camera, a very affordable 3D printer and several other high-tech items.
Henry Ford would have felt right at home in Michigan’s latest do-it-yourself workshop, the newly opened TechShop Detroit. After all, Mr. Ford underscores what a “maker” represents, having built his first motorized vehicle in his backyard shed.
Being green means looking at all aspects of a facility and creating a plan that will positively impact the environment. It’s a continuous process that is ever changing and ensures that best practices are used and shared across the globe in Ford's manufacturing sites.