Ford Will Establish New Driverless Car Center in Austin

Ford Motor Company is adding to its self-driving car testing operation in Austin, Texas, saying Wednesday it has secured two pieces of real estate that will be central to the project.

The Michigan-based automaker said it purchased property near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to serve as a command center for its fleet of self-driving cars. Ford is also leasing space in east Austin that will function as a terminal for the fleet.

Ford announced in September that it would test self-driving auto technology in Austin, using a small fleet of fewer than 10 cars.

Ford has partnered with Pittsburgh-based Argo AI since 2017 through a $1 billion investment to support its foray into the autonomous vehicle market.