LOS ANGELES -- Ford Motor Co. has an ambitious vision for the city of tomorrow, one that doesn't necessarily include selling more cars and trucks.
The automaker wants to create futuristic urban utopias where curbsides don't get clogged by illegal parking, eco-friendly bicycles help commuters navigate the final kilometre of their trips to work, and key arteries leading into and out of downtowns aren't stifled by heavy traffic during rush hour.
Ford's smart city plan hinges on loads of data collected from the development of autonomous cars, connected infrastructure and new mobility services such as ride-sharing shuttles and bike-share programs. Ford doesn't yet operate in some of those spaces, but executives are confident that the 113-year-old manufacturer can evolve to offer new business models and make money doing it.
Ford isn't entirely sure how, but possibilities include building fleet vehicles for car-sharing companies, creating subscription-based apps and offering services that haven't been created.
"We really are on the cusp of a mobility revolution," CEO Mark Fields said at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month. "From our vantage point, cities carry the biggest rewards and risks."