Mobility Studio

Shaping an electrified, connected, and autonomous future.

The Mobility Studio draws on Detroit’s legacy as the birthplace of the automobile industry, making it the perfect place for Newlab’s model of collaborative, diverse, and dynamic innovation. Led by Ford, Michigan Central, and Newlab, the Studio will deliver on our electrified, connected, and autonomous future by building, testing, and launching new mobility concepts in collaboration with leading industry experts, entrepreneurs, engineers, and inventors. To shape its future as an innovation capital redefining how people and goods move across cities, regions, and the world, Newlab will support the overall development of Michigan’s ecosystem, making the pie bigger for everyone, and helping local startups to stay, grow, and thrive there.

The Mobility Studio seeks additional corporations, investors, startups, and entrepreneurs to join Ford, Michigan Central, and Newlab as we shape the future of mobility in a way that benefits everyone. Get in touch to inquire about collaborating.

Focus Areas

By 2040, more than half of all passenger vehicles sold will be electric. Accommodating this shift will require navigating policy, creating charging infrastructure at scale, developing advanced battery systems and storage networks, and streamlining grid management and distribution.


With the next decade of autonomous technology advancement, real-world test beds will be critical for piloting, refining, and scaling features such as remote assistance, safety protocols, HD mapping, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. From delivery robots and drones to shuttle services connecting people with public transit, autonomous systems will unlock new capabilities in safety and efficiency. Fueled by smart infrastructure, autonomy has the potential to reduce congestion and emissions to benefit everyone.


Connected systems and advanced wireless communication will allow vehicles to transmit data to other AVs and roadside operators. Seamless connectivity and Over the air (OTA) updates will be a critical component for safety, maintenance, fleet operations, and driver experience, as well as for helping alleviate traffic congestion. Connected systems are critical for a multimodal future where drones, robots, scooters, e-bikes and light EVS serve the needs of everyone from the logistics industry to urban residents.

About Michigan Central

Michigan Central is a new mobility innovation district located in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. Ford Motor Company is restoring Michigan Central Station to be the centerpiece of this district. It will be an open platform where leading entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists, foundations, industry and government stakeholders from around the world will co-create and test new urban transportation solutions on real-world streets, in real-world situations.

It will include new and revitalized buildings, a first-of-its-kind mobility testing platform, 1.2 million square feet of commercial real estate and public spaces that will be connected to the neighborhoods, city and region around it. Working with and in the community, Michigan Central will improve mobility access for everyone and serve as a launch pad to the increasingly connected, autonomous and electrified world ahead.

About Ford

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company, and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 188,000 people worldwide.

Laying the Foundation for Michigan Central

Detroit Startup Week fireside chat between Julie Roscini, Ford’s ​head of external engagement for Michigan Central, ​and Shaun Stewart, Newlab CEO. The two discuss the collaboration between Ford’s Michigan Central and Newlab to drive sustained mobility innovation investment in Detroit.