Ford and Google partner on car ownership and design

Following a similar move reported last week by GM and Microsoft, Ford has announced a partnership with Google to improve every aspect of vehicle design, manufacturing, sales and support.

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The collaboration will support Ford’s designs, engineers and assembly process, creating vehicles more aligned to demand while improving parts supply chain and distribution network operations.

Ford will move it’s Ford Sync platform to a Google Android backend, which allows the continued use of competing front-ends such as Apple CarPlay and Amazon. In addition, Ford will be able to add and up sell new features, perform over the air updates (including pro-active fixes) and download the hands-free Active Drive Assist system for the Mustang Mach-E and new F-150 pickup once ready.

The new Google Android based Ford vehicles are expected to be available as early as 2023.

Read the press release https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2021/02/01/ford-google-accelerate-auto-innovation.html