America’s best-selling truck for 42 straight years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 37 straight years now, is a title that Ford earned by design for its iconic F-150 series pickups, much in part by its commitment to and investment in research and product development. A vision ahead of its time, the 1946 master plan for the Ford Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn laid the groundwork for Ford’s global expansion and best-selling product lineup. Dedicated by U.S. President Eisenhower in May 1953, it is currently home to 11,000 engineers and designers. In the last decade, connectivity, automation, electrification and other technologies have dramatically shifted the automotive and mobility landscape; this, says Ford, necessitates the need to transform the R&E Center; initial construction slated to be complete by the end of 2022. The master plan envisions a walkable campus of interconnected buildings that could one day house more than 20,000 employees in a flexible, high-tech environment showcasing new mobility solutions such as electrified bikes, scooters and shuttles.