Ford Motor Company manufactures and distributes Ford and Lincoln automobiles around the world. Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford has 65 plants worldwide and approximately 172,000 employees. The organization also provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.
Creating an in-vehicle technology platform
Automobile manufacturing is no longer just about the parts in the assembly line. The automotive industry has rapidly evolved to include sophisticated technology that requires millions of lines of software code. “We’re moving from being a fundamentally manufacturing automotive engineering company to something that really focuses much more holistically around technology as a real mechanism and platform to evolve our vehicles and consumer services moving forward,” says Vijay Sankaran, IT chief technology director at Ford. The Ford Fusion model, for example, includes 16 million lines of code.