Ford has invested $182.2 million in Pivotal, a cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco, to further strengthen its core software abilities and deliver innovations to customers more quickly.
This operation is framed into Ford’s plans to become both an auto and a mobility company.
Ford CIO Marcy Klevorn will join the board of directors at Pivotal.
Ford’s investment in Pivotal is still subject to customary regulatory approval.
Software plays a growing role in new vehicles as demonstrated by the all-new F-150 that features more than 150 million lines of code, whereas a typical smartphone operating system has approximately 12 million lines. Engineers are capitalizing on software to deliver precise control over aspects of vehicle performance such as engine and transmission calibration to improve fuel economy and for the connectivity experience by giving customers hands-free access to their smartphones through SYNC 3.
“Expanding our business to be both an auto and mobility company requires leading-edge software expertise to deliver outstanding customer experiences,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “Our investment in Pivotal will help strengthen our ability to deliver these customer experiences at the speed of Silicon Valley, including continually expanding FordPass®, our digital, physical and personal mobility experience platform.”
Pivotal’s advanced software development methodologies and cloud platform complement Ford’s already strong embedded software capability that supports EcoBoost® engines, the SYNC® 3 connectivity system, driver-assist technologies like active park assist and more.
“Investing in Pivotal builds on our current strengths in software development,” said Marcy Klevorn, Ford Vice President and CIO, who will join the board of directors at Pivotal. “We plan to quickly add new state-of-the-art software engineering capabilities across the Ford enterprise.”
Already partners, Ford and Pivotal now will expand the use of advanced software development methodologies, analytics tools and a cloud platform throughout Ford’s Product Development and IT teams, including new software labs to support Ford Smart Mobility.
In addition, Ford and Pivotal plan to open new software labs in strategic locations in both the United States and Europe. The labs will be staffed with software architects, engineers and user experience experts, all using Pivotal’s advanced software development methodology.
Image over the headline.- Ford and Pivotal employees work together on a new Dynamic Shuttle app at Pivotal headquarters in April. (Photo: Business Wire)