Purdue, Ford Form R&D Alliance

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Purdue University has established a research and development alliance with Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F). The university says the partnership aims to develop technologies for automobiles, mobility solutions and transportation services.

Purdue says its faculty will have the ability to propose research ideas to Ford, which has funded many research projects at the university over the past two decades. Ford chose Purdue based on such previous interactions, according to the university.

"No organization has sufficient internal resources for technical leadership in all areas of interest," said Ed Krause, global manager of external alliances for Ford. "We see a number of technologies coming together that will not only enable autonomy, but also dramatically impact the industry in other ways."

Purdue says Ford hopes researchers at the university "can help further develop the automaker's technical capabilities as it continues to strengthen its core automotive business while developing emerging opportunities and new mobility solutions."

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