Tech Geeks, Rejoice! Ford-Google Deal Will Snazz Up Your Vehicle
It turns out the Detroit Lions weren't the only Ford division making a deal this weekend with a California based giant.
Tech geeks, the way this story in the Detroit Free-Press reads, from an electronics point of view, your car is about to become a really big Android product.
The gist of it is, Ford and Google have cut a six year deal, "a strategic partnership" that brings Ford's technology to, essentially, cutting edge, and as with any kind of deal like this, puts a lot of money in both Ford's and Google's coffers.
Initially, the deal begins with practical applications to the car making process. But in a couple of years, the tech get to the fun and games department and will reach the consumer.
The announcement from Ford and Google says Ford has named Google Cloud its "preferred cloud provider to leverage Google’s world-class expertise in data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML)"
Right out of the box, expect Google Assistant and Google Maps to be integrated into the end user experience. Then, the press release says "to drive ongoing innovation, Ford and Google are establishing a new collaborative group, Team Upshift, that will push the boundaries of Ford’s transformation, unlock personalized consumer experiences, and drive disruptive, data-driven opportunities."
The word is this technology will be available in all Ford vehicles, not just the expensive one.