Yesterday, Ford recognized the 100-year anniversary of Founder Henry Ford’s assembly line. Ford’s at-the-time revolutionary concept drove production from dozens to hundreds of Model T’s per week. Boosting production also brought costs down to make Ford’s cars more affordable for the average American, and in so doing positioned Ford as the early dominant force in the American automobile market.
Now, 100 years later the assembly line is still at the core of auto production. However, advanced robotics are helping companies like Tesla re-define what the assembly line looks like: robots and humans working in tandem. So while the assembly line and what’s rolling off of it look very different, the goal remains the same: make cars affordable for the masses. And in a hundred years more, when robots are building and driving your car, Henry Ford’s ageless assembly line concept will remain in place.