Ford is expanding its collaboration with the University of Michigan in order to accelerate the development of self-driving cars.
The automaker will co-locate its own researchers and engineers with University of Michigan researchers at a new robotics lab set to open on the school’s Ann Arbor campus in 2020. Ford claims to be the first corporation to house staff in an academic building. It views this project as one step toward the development and deployment of a fully autonomous car by 2021.
Ford will begin the process of integrating its staff with University of Michigan researchers in the coming months. It plans to send a team of researchers and engineers to work at the university’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRX) by the end of the year.