Space station robots herald the way forward for Ford


The Ford Motor Company continues to amaze their millions of followers around the world with the incredible technical innovations unveiled with the aim of improving the efficiency and performance of their award-winning range of cars, and their latest announcement is one of the most intriguing yet.

According to this story published on TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk blog, a futuristic connection between high tech space robots and the vehicles which show up at your local Ford garage in the South West may be closer than you think.

A landmark partnership deal has been reached between Ford and the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia, which will involve the manufacturer and experts from the higher education institution analysing the communications made by robots currently assisting the exploration efforts taking place on the International Space Station.

Although the links between this and the Fiestas of the future may not be immediately apparent, the reasons behind the collaborative project have been clearly laid out by Paul Mascarenas, the chief technical officer and vice president of research and innovation at Ford, and they make for exciting reading.

'Ford has been committed to the research and development of connected vehicle communications for more than a decade', Mascarenas said, explaining that 'our participation in this research can aid in the development of next-generation Ford driver-assist technologies', which should benefit 'Ford customers, other road users and the environment' alike.

If all goes to plan, this research into robotics communication could play a vital role in furthering Ford's ambition of developing improved emergency vehicle communication, driverless cars and, looking at an even bigger picture, reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

So, the next time you purchase a nearly new Ford Focus or other model from Foray, bear in mind that, when it comes to getting your next replacement, you may find yourself upgrading to a car which owes as much to the scientists at NASA as it does to engineers in Michigan!

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