DEARBORN – A bustling city’s transportation system can often seem chaotic, especially with more than half of the world’s population moving to urban areas and new mobility services jockeying for space. But as Ford CEO Jim Hackett outlined at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Ford vehicles and other forms of mobility don’t exist independently of each other. In fact, they have broad impact on our communities, cities and the world.
That’s why Ford is working with cities to help transform people’s lives in profound ways. This includes exploring how autonomous technology can be part of an urban transportation network and weaving together different transit operations to create a better system for all. But it also means developing tools that help cities easily visualise and understand their entire transportation system so they can make better decisions for their communities.
This was the intention behind Ford’s collaboration with the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan to pilot its Ford City Insights Platform. This suite of advanced software tools allows cities to explore and help solve a variety of mobility issues in a dynamic way not offered before. Today, following successful tests with Ann Arbor, Ford is expanding the use of these tools to six more US cities, including Austin, Texas; Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Detroit.