“We don’t have to be the disruptor,” he added. “We have to encourage disruptors and partner with them. Any corporation that thinks it has all the answers is either A, arrogant or B, ignorant. There’s no way.”
Ford in recent years has tried to make itself more attractive to startups. It launched a Ford X business incubator last year, and is currently renovating an iconic train station in Detroit, Mich., that it plans to use as the focal point of an autonomous and electrification campus that will bring in other suppliers and young companies.