Dearborn, MI- Ford Motor Company today announced its plans to launch a 5G relationship with US chip manufacturer and system integrator Qualcomm to assure steady flow of U.S.-made automotive automotive microchips. The partnership will include Qualcomm testing in its labs, demonstrating a suite of Qualcomm 5G software engineering tools supporting this collaboration.
“Qualcomm has set the standard for excellence in chip design and integration, with its longstanding record of manufacturing at scale,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford vice president, Electrification and Infrastructure Solutions. “Qualcomm is an exemplary partner for this endeavor, and will enable Ford to develop and optimize technologies in a simpler, quicker and more efficient way, improving our product and manufacturing process and driving cost efficiencies into the automotive ecosystem.”
Qualcomm 5G software includes numerous software tools including software engineering tools designed to test a range of automotive 5G technologies, including vehicle to vehicle communication, autonomous driving, and connected car architecture. These software tools will allow Ford to further streamline development and improve product quality.
“Qualcomm sees a significant opportunity in developing cutting-edge automotive solutions that will lead to safer, smarter and more connected cars and trucks,” said Raj Talluri, executive vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Snapdragon Technologies. “With this strategic relationship with Ford, Qualcomm will accelerate a rapid technological advance in automotive systems, providing software engineers with real-world experience that drives tremendous value.”
Ford and Qualcomm will bring 5G solutions to market together and plan to work together to support this partnership on a global basis. Additionally, as the standards organization for automotive 5G, the automotive industry will be able to collaborate in the design of 5G solutions more closely and expedite the development of 5G systems for vehicles.