How the Quantum Signal Acquisition Will Help Ford Develop Self-Driving Vehicles

In recent years, the automotive industry has been overtaken by futuristic ideas and cutting-edge scientific research into the concept of robotics and self-driving cars.

In accordance with this evolving concept, Ford has acquired Quantum Signal, a small robotics company from Saline, Michigan that has put 20 years into the research and development of real-time simulation algorithms as well as new sensing and perception technologies.

Despite existing in relative obscurity to this point, Quantum Signal is well-known for its ANVEL simulation and modeling data, which has seen interest from the U.S. military and has been used to study the potential of unmanned and remotely controlled vehicles in active war zones. 

Even beyond simulation, Quantum Signal has also worked with the military to develop navigation algorithms that can help direct autonomous vehicles along their routes. Ford’s recent interest in Quantum Signal makes even more sense when you consider its recent partnerships with Agility Robotics as well as the Israeli artificial intelligence company SAIPS.

With Agility, Ford plans to study the effectiveness of delivery vehicles alongside Digit, an automated delivery robot. Ford’s partnership with SAIPS will allow the vehicle manufacturer to better implement visual cognition systems for self-driving cars.

Ford plans to use the bright minds at Quantum Signal, as well as the company's extensive knowledge, data, and two decades of robotics experience, to further perfect the real-time reaction technology, AI algorithm development, and overall customer experience of its Transportation as a Service (TaaS) platform. 

Ford’s acquisition of Quantum Signal will certainly come into play as the motor company continues to pioneer the self-driving vehicle industry.

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