Ford CEO Jim Hackett says the automaker is open to investment by automakers and others in its autonomous vehicle business, but cautioned that expanding partnerships with German automaker Volkswagen AG is a "delicate dance."
Just because Ford doesn't have plans to launch a commercial business with autonomous vehicles until 2021 does not necessarily mean the company is behind, argues Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles.
Despite the headwinds it faces today, including new mobility services that are disrupting the status quo in the auto industry, Ford Motor Co. "will figure it out," Alan Mulally, the automaker's retired CEO, said Wednesday at a conference on used vehicles.
Ford is partnering with Yakima and working through its dealers to offer 150 parts and accessories for its new midsize pickup, including bed racks, tow hooks and paddleboard carriers. All parts come with a 3-year/36,000-mile Ford warranty.