How data is changing the car game for Ford


When most people think about how cars are built, they probably think about assembly lines, manufacturing robots, and batteries of safety and performance simulations on massive supercomputers. But at Ford, big data is having a significant impact on the parts and features of those cars before they’re ever part of a design file. From the cars in stock at the dealership to the performance of the engine in a rainstorm, big data is infiltrating nearly every aspect of the Ford experience and the company itself.

Obviously, data is nothing new to the automotive industry — companies have been trying to optimize supply chains and analyze sales numbers for decades — but the advent of big data, as well as related technlogies such as sensors and smartphones, is changing how companies are thinking about data. Ford isn’t alone in its quest to take advantage of these new technologies, either. For example, General…

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