By 2050 we will have a true network of mobility solutions, and automobiles will likely look very different from how they look today.
Vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies will enable improved safety while allowing more vehicles to share the road.
The proliferation of digital maps and cell-based communications will provide better driver information and entertainment features.
In-car mobile communications and driver interfaces will become more intuitive. These systems will be able to proactively alert drivers to traffic jams and accidents.
Vehicles will “talk” to one another, and the mountains of data they generate will no longer be self-contained.
At Ford, we believe that mobility challenges – in urban as well as in rural settings – require the same level of attention and determination that we have put toward developing solutions for the environmental challenges faced by our industry. Where environmental sustainability is concerned, we have been making great strides with new vehicle technologies, alternative fuels and vastly cleaner solutions.
Ford was founded on providing personal mobility for everyone. And our Blueprint for Mobility, which builds upon our approach to our Blueprint for Sustainability, is based on an analysis of population growth, urbanization and other key societal and economic trends. Our goal is to make mobility affordable in every sense of the word – economically, environmentally and socially.
The Blueprint for Mobility is guiding our work and the necessary development of future sustainable, smart transportation systems and the steps required to get there. A key component will be partnership with the mobile telecommunications industry to create the infrastructure and technology needed to allow cars to “talk” to each other and to their surroundings.
In the near term (roughly the next five to seven years), technologies – including some that are already in vehicles – will continue to improve. The proliferation of digital maps and cell-based communications will provide better driver information and entertainment features, while in-car mobile communications and driver interfaces will become more intuitive. These systems will be able to proactively alert drivers to traffic jams and accidents. Increasingly, our vehicles will talk to one another, and the mountains of data they generate will no longer be self-contained.
In the mid-term period (to about 2025), the amount of data that will flow to, from and through cars will continue to increase. Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies will enable improved safety while allowing more vehicles to share the road. New technologies, such as our Traffic Jam Assist technology, will provide more sophisticated systems of semi-automated driving.
Meanwhile, the first efforts to integrate various pieces of the transportation network will begin, allowing cars to plug into public databases that recommend alternative transportation options such as trains, buses and carpools. Early versions of these advances are already being designed and tested.
In the long term, the urban transportation landscape will be radically different from what we know today. By 2050, we will have a true network of mobility solutions, and automobiles will likely look very different from how they look today.
Everything that is outlined in our Blueprint is technologically feasible. The key challenges are making things affordable and attainable to all customers, and finding ways for all stakeholders – the auto industry, governments, technology companies and more – to make the adaptations needed to the transportation infrastructure.
The bullets below provide more detail on the element of the Blueprint in the near, mid and long terms. The near term focuses primarily on technology that Ford is already developing. The mid and long term, meanwhile, set up a vision of what we think future mobility will look like and how Ford, the industry and society as a whole will need to evolve.