Ford plans to double its mobile connectivity engineering team by hiring 400 software developers and hardware engineers.
Three-quarters of the new engineers will be part of a Canadian research-and-development center aimed at building out connected vehicle technology that will eventually let vehicles talk to each other — and the infrastructure around them.
Ford is investing about $375 million to establish its new Ottawa Research and Engineering Centre. It is Ford’s first Canadian R&D facility focused on connectivity research and advanced technology.
The global connected car market will reach $131 billion by 2019, with an annual growth rate of 30% per year, according to Transparency Market Research.