Ford Announces Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London
Ford announced this week that it will continue its emphasis on mobility solutions in Europe by opening a Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London.
At the Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office, located at the Here East Campus in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, upwards of 40 Ford Mobility specialists will have increased access to partners from Loughborough University and the Advanced Propulsion Centre, as well as the Plexal Innovation Centre and UCL Robotics.
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“Basing our rapidly growing team here in the heart of mobility innovation in London is critical to accelerating our learning and development of new technologies,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “The location at Here East will allow us greater collaboration and the out-of-the-box thinking needed to tackle the urban transport challenges of tomorrow.”
“We will also be ideally placed to build on existing partner projects and have access to London’s world-class digital talent. Both will be key as we build towards our ambition of being a global leader in mobility solutions,” Armstrong added.
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“Here East is unique in providing the space and infrastructure for entrepreneurs, global businesses, and academics to come together and collaborate in the pursuit of innovation,” added Here East CEO Gavin Pool. “Ford’s decision to join our community of innovators, start-ups, and tech specialists as part of its drive to find smarter urban mobility solutions is an exciting development for the entire campus.”
Ford Smart Mobility already has dedicated centers in Dearborn and Palo Alto. Ford also notes that the new Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office will work in conjunction with other European research and innovation centers including Germany’s RIC Aachen.