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Thought Leaders and Innovators Define the Mobility Revolution; Unveil Conceptual Mobility Solutions Aimed to Change The Way The World Moves
29/03/2017   |   Melbourne
  • Ford hosts Future with Ford to explore the emerging trends, bold ideas and disruptive technology behind the new mobility revolution.
  • Conceptual mobility solutions developed by Ford engineers and designers unveiled for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Industry innovators, inventors and futurists comprise expert panels to discuss the mobility challenges of tomorrow and the need for solutions that will change the way we move.
  • Ford’s leading Australian R&D investment of $450 million in 2017 will drive innovation and next-gen vehicle development for Australia and other world markets.

Ford Motor Company of Australia today hosts the first-ever Future with Ford event bringing together leading innovators, industry experts and influential Australians to tackle one of our great challenges for the future – mobility. The one day event will explore the emerging trends, bold ideas and disruptive technology behind the new mobility revolution.

Australia’s population is expected to grow from roughly 23.8 million to approx. 30.5 million by 2031. The majority of that growth will come from major metropolitan areas – Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Mobility is a large issue for Australians and without change, the cost of delays and congestion are expected to skyrocket into the billions. Ford is working to solve critical mobility problems by changing the way the world moves.

That is why Ford is transforming from an automotive company, to an automotive and mobility company.

“The Future with Ford event aims to do the near impossible – see into the future and put the wheels of transformation into motion,” said Graeme Whickman, president and CEO, Ford Australia. “Solving critical mobility challenges and transforming our thinking is imperative to future proofing economic performance, the environment and society.”

Conceptual Mobility Solutions for the Future 

Future with Ford will have for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere a number of interactive displays featuring conceptual mobility solutions developed by Ford engineers and designers.

The Last Mile E-Scooter Concept 

In bustling cities like Melbourne and Shanghai, and all over the world, the car journey is only one part of getting to work or to family. Often congestion and a lack of affordable parking options force drivers to park far away from their actual destination. And it’s that final leg of the journey, from car to doorstep, which the E-Scooter concept is designed to enhance. The carbon fibre made E-Scooter concept can be accessed easily via its docking station in the boot of a Ford vehicle. Then, all the owner need do, is unfold it and ride it to their destination. An accompanying App, connected to the Ford Smart Mobility eco-system, gives the rider access to things like maps, distance to destination and the scooter’s battery life.  

Autolivery Concept 

Delivery vans, like Ford’s iconic Transit, are vital in transporting everything from groceries to medical supplies, into our cities every day. However, some urban areas are inaccessible by car. So Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering team have developed a concept – Autolivery – to combine self-driving electrified vans with drones to pick-up and drop off goods and packages to areas where parking would be difficult or unsafe.

Also on display will be unique exhibits showcasing Ford’s core value of innovation including the evolution of car design, new patents, and breakthroughs in semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Notably, in 2016 alone, Ford Motor Co. lodged and had approved 3,200 patents globally. Each and every patent is a step forward in innovation, whether it be refining the size of a screw head through to developing autonomous safety features.

Paving the Path for Transformation 

Future with Ford brings together some leading minds to discuss the evolution of ideas, redefining boundaries, the impact the future will have on our future selves and business transformation.

Jeff Kennett on The Third Coming 

Under the premiership of Hon Jeff Kennett AC, Victoria earned the reputation of being Australia's most transformative state across the public service, the privatisation of public utilities, reducing the State's deficit, reinvigorating the economy, reinstating confidence amongst the Victorian community, and taking the state to the world.

Dr Jordan Nguyen on Redefining Boundaries 

Dr Jordan Nguyen is on a mission to improve the lives of as many people as possible. By re-imagining and re-defining the boundaries between human technological evolution. Jordan is at the forefront of bringing about positive, sustainable and life-altering change. 

Sheryl Connelly on The Bigger Picture 

As a member of the Global Advisory Council on Transportation for the World Economic Forum and as Ford Motor Company’s Futurist, Sheryl Connelly is responsible for identifying global trends to aid long term planning, exploring potential implications and cascading these through design, product development and corporate strategy.

Graeme Whickman on Transformation 

As the CEO of Ford Australia Graeme Whickman is leading Ford’s local transformation from an automotive company with a manufacturing core to a future innovator and one of three Product Design Centres in the Ford world. Ford in Australia is future proofing and leading the way in mobility solutions.

Also in attendance will be the following thought leaders and industry innovators:

  • Amantha Imber – Innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia's leading innovation consultancy Inventium
  • Gus Balbontin – Digital disruption expert and former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer for Lonely Planet
  • Morris Mizelowski – Leading business futurist and thought provocateur
  • Dave French – Programs Director, Ford Asia Pacific

Transforming Ford, Australia through Increased Investment 

In December 2016, Ford announced an increased Australian R&D investment by 50 percent to $450 million in 2017 to support increased vehicle development programs. By this year, Ford will have a 2,000 person strong team in Australia, including 1750 engineers, designers and technicians.

As part of this investment, Ford transformed its iconic head office in Melbourne into The Asia Pacific Product Development Centre, which features state-of-the-art virtual design and engineering capability, and will be the centrepiece of Australia's most advanced automotive development campus. The centre positions Ford as the automaker with the most comprehensive capability to design and engineer vehicles in Australia.

Ford is also increasing its commitment to helping develop the next generation of engineers and designers. Ford recently raised $300,000 to expand student robotics programs in Broadmeadows and Geelong partner schools. Ford engineers personally mentor students in these Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) programs to develop and program robots for competition around the world.

  • Ford hosts Future with Ford to explore the emerging trends, bold ideas and disruptive technology behind the new mobility revolution.
  • Conceptual mobility solutions developed by Ford engineers and designers unveiled for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Industry innovators, inventors and futurists comprise expert panels to discuss the mobility challenges of tomorrow and the need for solutions that will change the way we move.
  • Ford’s leading Australian R&D investment of $450 million in 2017 will drive innovation and next-gen vehicle development for Australia and other world markets.

Ford Motor Company of Australia today hosts the first-ever Future with Ford event bringing together leading innovators, industry experts and influential Australians to tackle one of our great challenges for the future – mobility. The one day event will explore the emerging trends, bold ideas and disruptive technology behind the new mobility revolution.

Australia’s population is expected to grow from roughly 23.8 million to approx. 30.5 million by 2031. The majority of that growth will come from major metropolitan areas – Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Mobility is a large issue for Australians and without change, the cost of delays and congestion are expected to skyrocket into the billions. Ford is working to solve critical mobility problems by changing the way the world moves.

That is why Ford is transforming from an automotive company, to an automotive and mobility company.

“The Future with Ford event aims to do the near impossible – see into the future and put the wheels of transformation into motion,” said Graeme Whickman, president and CEO, Ford Australia. “Solving critical mobility challenges and transforming our thinking is imperative to future proofing economic performance, the environment and society.”

Conceptual Mobility Solutions for the Future 

Future with Ford will have for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere a number of interactive displays featuring conceptual mobility solutions developed by Ford engineers and designers.

The Last Mile E-Scooter Concept 

In bustling cities like Melbourne and Shanghai, and all over the world, the car journey is only one part of getting to work or to family. Often congestion and a lack of affordable parking options force drivers to park far away from their actual destination. And it’s that final leg of the journey, from car to doorstep, which the E-Scooter concept is designed to enhance. The carbon fibre made E-Scooter concept can be accessed easily via its docking station in the boot of a Ford vehicle. Then, all the owner need do, is unfold it and ride it to their destination. An accompanying App, connected to the Ford Smart Mobility eco-system, gives the rider access to things like maps, distance to destination and the scooter’s battery life.  

Autolivery Concept 

Delivery vans, like Ford’s iconic Transit, are vital in transporting everything from groceries to medical supplies, into our cities every day. However, some urban areas are inaccessible by car. So Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering team have developed a concept – Autolivery – to combine self-driving electrified vans with drones to pick-up and drop off goods and packages to areas where parking would be difficult or unsafe.

Also on display will be unique exhibits showcasing Ford’s core value of innovation including the evolution of car design, new patents, and breakthroughs in semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Notably, in 2016 alone, Ford Motor Co. lodged and had approved 3,200 patents globally. Each and every patent is a step forward in innovation, whether it be refining the size of a screw head through to developing autonomous safety features.

Paving the Path for Transformation 

Future with Ford brings together some leading minds to discuss the evolution of ideas, redefining boundaries, the impact the future will have on our future selves and business transformation.

Jeff Kennett on The Third Coming 

Under the premiership of Hon Jeff Kennett AC, Victoria earned the reputation of being Australia's most transformative state across the public service, the privatisation of public utilities, reducing the State's deficit, reinvigorating the economy, reinstating confidence amongst the Victorian community, and taking the state to the world.

Dr Jordan Nguyen on Redefining Boundaries 

Dr Jordan Nguyen is on a mission to improve the lives of as many people as possible. By re-imagining and re-defining the boundaries between human technological evolution. Jordan is at the forefront of bringing about positive, sustainable and life-altering change. 

Sheryl Connelly on The Bigger Picture 

As a member of the Global Advisory Council on Transportation for the World Economic Forum and as Ford Motor Company’s Futurist, Sheryl Connelly is responsible for identifying global trends to aid long term planning, exploring potential implications and cascading these through design, product development and corporate strategy.

Graeme Whickman on Transformation 

As the CEO of Ford Australia Graeme Whickman is leading Ford’s local transformation from an automotive company with a manufacturing core to a future innovator and one of three Product Design Centres in the Ford world. Ford in Australia is future proofing and leading the way in mobility solutions.

Also in attendance will be the following thought leaders and industry innovators:

  • Amantha Imber – Innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia's leading innovation consultancy Inventium
  • Gus Balbontin – Digital disruption expert and former Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer for Lonely Planet
  • Morris Mizelowski – Leading business futurist and thought provocateur
  • Dave French – Programs Director, Ford Asia Pacific

Transforming Ford, Australia through Increased Investment 

In December 2016, Ford announced an increased Australian R&D investment by 50 percent to $450 million in 2017 to support increased vehicle development programs. By this year, Ford will have a 2,000 person strong team in Australia, including 1750 engineers, designers and technicians.

As part of this investment, Ford transformed its iconic head office in Melbourne into The Asia Pacific Product Development Centre, which features state-of-the-art virtual design and engineering capability, and will be the centrepiece of Australia's most advanced automotive development campus. The centre positions Ford as the automaker with the most comprehensive capability to design and engineer vehicles in Australia.

Ford is also increasing its commitment to helping develop the next generation of engineers and designers. Ford recently raised $300,000 to expand student robotics programs in Broadmeadows and Geelong partner schools. Ford engineers personally mentor students in these Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) programs to develop and program robots for competition around the world.