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Tubular Network team next to the full-scale prototype

Tubular Network Helps Ford Launch Michigan Central

The crowd surrounding Tubular Network prototype

Ford Motor Company is restoring Michigan Central to be the centerpiece of a new mobility innovation district, where mobility innovators and disruptors from around the world are developing, testing, and launching new urban transportation solutions.

Ford is investing $1 billion in the mobility innovation hub, and Tubular Network, a portfolio company of the Austin Technology Incubator at The University of Texas at Austin, was at the grand opening to represent the best in mobility innovation. The Tubular Network team drove 25 hours one way in a big truck from Austin to Detroit to showcase the technology, a full-scale prototype of an electric system to automate the movement of goods in underground infrastructure, to the thousands of attendees for the big day. The Tubular Network Team trained 200 people in Detroit on how to operate the system over two days.

Jim Farley, Ford CEO, with Tubular Network founders

Tubular Network delivers goods using autonomous shuttles inside tubes with the goal of eliminating carbon emissions from transportation. Each delivery arrives in minutes instead of hours because every route is point-to-point and nonstop within the network. The system disrupts other methods on delivery speed and cost, with additional benefits of flexibility, safety, and sustainability.