Want to see the future? Visit the new FordHub “City of Tomorrow” exhibit in the new Oculus transportation and shopping center in Lower Manhattan, opening Jan. 31.
FordHub shows us how we’ll be getting around NYC and elsewhere via interactive exhibits that are both fun and informative. And it’s FREE.
NYC on the Cheap got a preview of the new FordHub exhibit yesterday, and we loved it.
There’s something for everybody here, including kids, who will be captivated by a giant mobile in the middle of the exhibit and the thousands of miniature Ford cars lining the walls.
Ford CEO Mark Fields opened the exhibit, following an impressive panel on the future of urban mobility that included him and Meera Joshi, CEO of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Fields is a Brooklyn boy – he grew up in Canarsie.
FordHub “City of Tomorrow” is not a car showroom. There’s not a car salesman in sight, and no tires to kick, except virtually. You’ll even have to look hard to find a Ford logo, other than at the front door.
What you will find are videos about the future of mobility – that’s the new word for “transportation”, including self-driving and autonomous cars, ride-sharing, shared ownership, managing congestion and pollution, and more.
And you’ll find helpful Ford Guides to explain the future technology.
Learn about regenerative braking, a crucial element of electric cars and hybrid cars, by arm-pedaling, as the young man on the right (above) is doing. Arm-pedal uphill to generate energy, which your virtual EV or hybrid uses to power the vehicle downhill.
Explore a world map to see how near-term mobility advancements – including autonomous and electric vehicles, ride-sharing, ride-hailing and connected vehicles – will play a pivotal role in the City of Tomorrow
Take a virtual reality trip over Manhattan to build a virtual Ford Mustang atop the Empire State Building (top photo), as Ford actually did for the sportscar’s 50th anniversary.
Yes, there are Ford cars on display here. More than 2,000 of them, in fact, but they are all miniatures, not full-size, decorating a huge wall. Guaranteed to be a popular selfie spot.
The FordHub City of Tomorrow exhibit is open daily, 10am to 8pm in the Oculus, whose formal name is the Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall. #FordHub.