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Video: Ford’s Full ‘City Of Tomorrow’ Mayoral Discussion From NAIAS 2017


At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we were rather astonished to find Ford Motor Company not acting very much like a motor company at all. Sure, Ford has been devoting more and more of its efforts to transitioning into “both an auto company and a mobility company,” as they like to say, but the automaker turned up to the show without a single significant new product or concept car to exhibit, save for the refreshed F-150 pickup.

And apart from confirming the return of the Ford Ranger mid-size truck and Bronco SUV, the automaker had precious little to say about automobiles during its half-hour press conference on Monday, instead spending most of its time talking about transportation in the “City of Tomorrow.”

To that end, Ford sponsored its first-ever “City of Tomorrow Symposium” during NAIAS 2017, along with TED, Vice, and The New York Times. The latter publication’s segment featured a panel discussion with Times CEO Mark Thompson and several mayors from around the globe, as they tackled transportation topics of concern to the world’s urban centers: traffic congestion, infrastructure, sustainability, and the opportunity for economic growth.

You can watch the full Ford-sponsored panel discussion above, but be warned: only the most wonkish of wonks will find this talk particularly compelling.


Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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