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Ford's Vision of the Future: Autonomy, Ride Sharing and Less Congestion

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Lumps of metal with wheels conjure images of rusting Detroit - not sleek Silicon Valley.

What’s relatively new for us is our aggressive pursuit of new emerging opportunities in mobility and autonomy and connectivity”, explains Dr Ken Washington, Ford’s Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering.

By some projections 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban environments in, I think, the next ten years, [...] and because of that, they’re only going to get more congested and we’ll see a combination of that trend and a trend to move more toward electrification because of air quality concerns and also a trend to move from car ownership to car ownership and sharing of use.”

“So all of those three together are telling us that we need to pursue how to enable these new ways to move, how to pursue bringing technologies to cities as a partner with those cities to offer options for mobility for people who live in those cities and then, last but not least, a fairly aggressive pursuit of electrification in our vehicle line-up.”

In other words, he’s interested in electrification and autonomy.

The company used MWC as an excuse to announce a new partnership with Vodafone, which will enable it to put 4G modems in new cars.

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