Ford Just Hired This Woman to Make Self-Driving Cars a Commercial Reality

Ford Motor has hired a Silicon Valley executive with deep experience in connected devices and machine learning to bring self-driving cars to market, the latest signal that the automaker is accelerating its shift from research and development of autonomous vehicles to a full-scale business. Laura Merling will be vice president of autonomous vehicle solutions at Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary focused on developing the automaker’s transportation services such as car-sharing. Ford Smart Mobility is based in Palo Alto, Calif. and is headed up by Jim Hackett, former chief executive at Mich.-based office furniture company Steelcase. Hackett was also a Ford board member, but stepped down in March when he was hired to lead Ford Smart Mobility. Merling’s primary role will be to lead the commercialization of autonomous vehicles, Ford said…


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