In January, Ford began researching ways to offer consumers the newest technology in connectivity, mobility, and autonomous vehicles, therefore creating the Ford Smart Mobility Plan. Now, the American carmaker has officially moved into phase two. In this stage, Ford will take the research gathered from phase one and begin applying it in two key areas.
Phase one started in January with 25 experiments being launched around the globe. Phase two is taking what they’ve learned thus far and applying it to two areas – flexible use and ownership, and other modes for urban travel.
Flexible Use and Ownership
Ford will introduce “Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing” to six U.S. cities and London. The program is a pilot program that will allow people to rent their Ford vehicles to other drivers for short-term use. All drivers will be prescreened the program will run on software from two different Web-based, mobile friendly companies.
Urban Mobility Solutions
A new electric bike and prototype smartphone app look to make using Ford’s bike even easier for those in urban communities. The new bike, MoDe:Flex is the third ebike. The bike will be able to connect with the rider’s smartphone for real-time information like weather, traffic congestion, parking costs, other modes of transportation and time. The app also has eyes-free navigation, route planning and healthy and fitness info capabilities.
The Ford Smart Mobility Plan is sure to continue making transportation easier for future generations. Do you agree? Share your thoughts with Hassett Pre-Owned below!