Ford opens research and innovation center in Atlanta
Ford Motor Company is opening the Ford Atlanta Research and Innovation Center (FARIC) to advance the company’s digital transformation in areas such as software-driven connected vehicles, artificial intelligence, academic research and more.
In addition to serving as an innovation hub and providing software solutions, the FARIC team will also focus on increasing the representation of Blacks, Hispanics, and women in software engineering and high-tech careers. Strategies include:
- Leverage relationships with Historically Black Regional Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the Atlanta University Center Consortium to help make high-tech career opportunities more accessible to diverse students
- Continue to build and deepen relationships with regional colleges and universities, including HBCUs and Hispanic service institutions, to conduct pioneering research and meet Ford’s growing need for the new skills required for electrification, vehicles technology and software engineering that revolutionize Ford products, technologies and services.
- Create flexible and non-traditional career paths for those interested in pursuing careers in software and high technology, including co-op programs, internships, part-time work, and non-degree software programs in collaboration with TechBridge, based in Atlanta, and community partner City of Refuge
The 24,000 square foot FARIC space is designed to surpass standard ADA compliance with an accessible layout that supports inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and innovation.
The all-new workspace meets individual needs while fostering creativity and team collaboration with an open and accessible floor plan designed to meet the needs of a diverse and innovative team. It includes an individual concentration area, sit/stand desks, plush seating, and a phone booth-like space where employees can take calls or work independently.