Monday, January 9th 2017 at 6:26PM GMT
Ford CEO Mark Fields today told attendees of the North American International Auto Show that his company is about mobility not just selling more cars. In front of a giant screen at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena the Ford boss said that bikesharing would play a big role in the cities of the future. Behind him an animation showed the city of today and the city of the future – gridlock morphed into free-flowing roads as space was removed from cars and given over to rapid transit, bike lanes, green space, and wider sidewalks.
Fields said there was a “wider range of transport solutions” out there. “Cities around the world facing gridlock and pollution,” he added. “We know these cities need a partner to deliver mobility solutions. Ford is deeply committed to being that partner.”
Motivate CEO Jay Walder said last year that “bike share is no longer alternative transportation; it is central to creating smart, on-demand mobility.”
Fields also introduced former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, speaking from a remote studio – he revealed that Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford and the Aspen Institute are to start working on smart mobility with the Mayors of London, Helsinki, São Paulo, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C. This is in addition to the five inaugural cities announced in October last year. These were Austin, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Paris, and Nashville.
This global initiative aims to help city leaders plan and prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles and other “intelligent” mobility solutions.