Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn has joined the Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee in Virginia, an independent organization that promotes internet diversity and resilience through the formation of new global internet nexus points. The automaker is a founding member.
Ford joins Henrico Virginia and DE-CIX. It is the only automotive committee founding member. The committee’s goal is simple: private and public collaboration will lead to the next generation of connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles.
Ken Washington, chief technology officer for Ford, will represent the automaker in the initiative. He leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, oversees the development and implementation of the company’s technology and strategy plans, and helps expand into emerging mobility opportunities. He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering.
“The future is about connecting people in new ways,” Washington says. “Having robust, resilient and diversified internet infrastructure is essential to the success of Ford’s technological innovations, and we are proud to be partnering with IEIC as the founding automotive member and taking a leadership role globally.”
The automaker also is working with cities to design smarter, more efficient transportation systems. Cars and infrastructure are increasingly becoming connected to the internet.
Ford employs about 194,000 people worldwide.