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Ford to invest $1B in Pittsburgh firm to develop self-driving cars

Feb 10th 2017 4:00 PM

Bob Bauder / Tribune Review 

Pittsburgh will become an engineering and test center for autonomous vehicles built by Ford Motor Co., which announced Friday it intends to invest $1 billion over five years in a city-based company specializing in artificial intelligence, officials said.

Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technology officer, told the Tribune-Review that the company chose Argo AI because of a previous relationship with founders Bryan Salesky, the company CEO, and Peter Rander, company COO, and because of engineering talent produced by city universities.

Salesky and Rander are alumni of the Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center, which has been a global leader in autonomous vehicle research, and are former leaders on the self-driving car teams of Google and Uber, respectively.

“This is very much an engineering problem that requires a tremendous amount of engineering talent,” Nair said. “It’s an aspect of where we’re going where the talent is.”

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