Uber’s point man on automated driving came from Ford

In Marakby’s 25 years at Ford, he held a number of high-profile engineering jobs. Most recently, he was Ford’s director of global electronics and engineering, responsible for electrical components, including infotainment, driver assist and connectivity. Before that assignment, Marakby held key senior management jobs in hybrid vehicle engineering and development and powertrain. The first part of Marakby’s job, finding a suitable vehicle for Uber’s self-driving cars, is done. He spent the past five months traveling the world, scrutinizing vehicles and speaking with automakers. Marakby picked the XC90, he said, for two major reasons: Volvo’s commitment to safety and the vehicle’s advanced electronics system.