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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ford Motor Company & Georgia Tech present The Future of Atlanta’s Mobility

Ford Motor Company and Georgia Tech hosted an intimate conversation on March 24th, surrounding mobility at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

On the Panel was Renuka Gokahle, Manager EV Infrastructure & Smart Grid Technology for Ford Motor Company, Dr Bert Bras, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech

Claire Bergman, Student, Parking Spotter Mobility Project Georgia Tech, Andrew Heath, State Traffic Engineer Georgia Department of Transportation

Two experiments are happening right here in Atlanta as part of Ford’s partnership with Georgia Tech. 

Parking Spotter: This experiment, conducted with Georgia Tech, leverages driver-assist sensors that most Ford vehicles already have, including sonar and radar, by putting them to work for everybody. The sensors search for open parking spaces while the driver looks for spots around the city, and share the information with a cloud database other drivers can access. The system makes it easier for a driver to locate an open spot, reserve it and navigate to the space. It also reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

The Experiment Existing vehicle sensors detect open parking spaces to help create a data source for parking-assist apps.

Remote Repositioning: Using Georgia Tech-owned golf carts to prove out the technology, a person sitting in a remote location can access real-time video streamed over LTE to drive the carts. The outcome could be a more affordable and effective way to share or park vehicles using a remote “valet.”

The Experiment Ford is testing remote control repositioning technology using vehicle-mounted cameras and real-time streaming video.


I was able to speak with Renuka Gokahle & Dr Bert Bras at the event to learn a little bit more about these projects and I'm very excited about them especially the Parking Spotter because finding parking around the city is horrible. They explained that the experiments will continue until the end of 2015 and then phase 2 implementation will take place. As more information becomes available you know I will keep you guys updated. I just wanted to share what's going on in our lovely city! 


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