Ford has been hard at work developing its autonomous vehicle program for years now, and those efforts have only intensified in recent months. The automaker just named Chris Gerdes, co-director at the Center of Automotive Research at Stanford University, its new safety advisor. And now, Ford is hiring Autonomous Vehicle Android Developer Interns as well.
Ford says that these future Autonomous Vehicle Android Developer Interns will work with project managers and other stakeholders to meet project requirements by writing code for an embedded system that will integrate into future production hardware. Additionally, these interns will participate in daily stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives, and demonstrate their work in product demos.
The positions, which will be based at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, do come with a variety of required qualifications. Ford is looking for candidates that are currently enrolled in a Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related technical field for a bachelor’s or master’s degree. It would also prefer candidates that have experience in working on projects in software development and/or coding.
Ford has greatly expanded its autonomous vehicle testing programs across the U.S. in recent months and is currently working to ensure that the technology is safe for an official launch, which is currently expected to take place in 2022. The automaker believes that self-driving cars can help significantly reduce the more than 2,800 fatalities and an estimated additional 400,000 people injured due to motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, which account for 94 percent of overall accidents on our motorways.
In addition to those efforts, the automaker is also using specially-equipped Ford Escape models that can drive and park themselves inside Bedrock’s Assembly Garage in Detroit using Bosch smart infrastructure.