Want to find the best local food-truck or most visited hotspot via social media? Ford Motor Company may have an in-vehicle app for that!
Maybe it would be helpful to receive a notification when an emergency vehicle is approaching, long before you see lights or hear sirens. Ford’s working on that too.
Collaborating with three 2016 Techstars Mobility startups, Ford continues to strive for next-generation mobility solutions. The Techstars Mobility initiative is now in its second year. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the purpose of the program is to discover next-generation mobility solutions that will further Ford’s mission, while also giving startup companies the foundation they need for success. Each startup receives $120,000 in funding and rigorous mentorship and support from business leaders in the ways of business development and customer acquisition.
Out of New York, Cargo is designed for ride-share drivers to cater to passengers through an in-vehicle general store. HAAS Alert, out of Chicago, warns drivers of approaching emergency vehicles through its connected notification platform. Cincinnati company, Spatial, takes social media posts about an area and creates a collaborative and interactive map service – it would be a great tool when traveling, especially in unknown cities.
“The possibilities are endless when you combine the experience and influence of a storied company like Ford with the energy and innovation of these inspiring startups,” says Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of Ford Global Technologies, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center.