Ford Motor Company has purchased Quantum Signal- a 20 year old company behind computer-generated environments (ANVEL) used by militaries to test unmanned remote and autonomous systems.
The automaker says it will make use of Michigan-based Quantum’s “extensive experience” in real-time simulation to build out its transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) platform, as well as controls that support functional safety and other vehicle technologies. Ford’s Chief technical Officer Randy Visitainer believes the acquisition will broadly support Ford’s ongoing effort to develop self-driving vehicles. “While Quantum Signal has operated in relative obscurity over the past couple of decades, its work has been on our radar at Ford for a while now,” said Visitainer. “With the company’s expertise, we can develop even more comprehensive simulation environments at Ford in which we can test our vehicles and our business model in order to achieve further performance improvements.”
Prior to the purchase, the company chiefly made robotics navigation software and simulator systems for the U.S. Army, as well as defense prime contractors, commercial gaming companies, and automotive customers like Ford.
Back in April, Ford said it planned to deploy upwards of 100 autonomous cars by the end of 2019, and Visintainer asserted that Quantum Signal will help it achieve this and future milestones.