Ford’s University Research Program (URP) awards grants in a wide range of disciplines that focus on innovative automotive technology with near- and mid-term implementation potential. Ford recently awarded 13 additional grants, selected from more than 70 applicants, to 12 universities scattered across the globe.
Some of the universities selected to join the growing URP program include: Wayne State University in Detroit; Stanford University in Palo Alto; RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany; and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Ford says the newly-added three-year research projects:
Vary in scope from testing the properties of thermoplastics modified with nanomaterials and developing an in-vehicle safety alert system for diabetic drivers, to studying the environmental and economic impact of batteries for electric vehicles.
For Ford, the URP has developed technology that the company has employed on current production vehicles:
In the late 90s, Ford awarded the University of Illinois an URP to study how to control and reduce diesel emissions, specifically NOx levels. That joint research was critical to the development of the aftertreatment system now featured on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel powering the 2011 Super Duty.
In recent years, Ford has invested more than $100 million into the URP, so we’re hoping that this latest round of grants will pay off and lead to the development of technology that makes its way into the company’s advanced technology vehicles of tomorrow. Follow the jump for more information on the latest research grants awarded by Ford.
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