When it comes to designing the cars of the future, Ford Motor Company's engineers need a little 'breathing room.' Enter Spatial, a Cincinnati-based startup that sprouted from Ohio soil less than one year ago. The company, still in its nascent stages of growth, certainly provides reason to believe that a 'Spatial' perspective is an effective one. Since relocating to Detroit, it's driven forward Ford's social intelligence technology innovations since joining forces with the Blue Oval, and notably embedded the technology into Ford's vehicle GPS and navigation systems. Fortune also named it one of the top 10 automotive startups of 2016.
Although Spatial's a young company, it's already left its footprint in the sand. Earlier in 2016, it was one of a dozen startups selected as part of Techstars Mobility class, a mentorship-driven accelerator program that hones in on next-gen mobility solutions. The three-month program included $120,000 in funding, detailed business development guidance, lessons on customer acquisition and auto industry relationship nurturing, and more. Through the program, Spatial and Ford connected; the collaboration was one of three that Ford representatives struck with startups represented in the program, and all are related to tech product projects focused on autonomous and connected cars. In particular, Spatial is working on what Ford has designated as key areas of interest, including multimodal trip integration and autonomous and safety technologies. Find out more about Ford's plans for autonomous driving in the video below:
“We have multiple projects running with Ford currently, and each of them aligns with our mission: helping people navigate like a local, anywhere on Earth,” Lyden Foust, the CEO of Spatial, said, according to SoapBoxMedia.com. “We’re starting to get a lot of inbound requests from customers working with autonomous cars and AI assistants, all the way to real estate websites that want to help their users understand an area and sort through home options quickly." See what's on the horizon for the future of autonomous driving by stopping at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!