The foundation for tomorrow is set today, which is why Ford Motor Company is accelerating its efforts to reduce city traffic congestion. The automaker recently solidified an agreement with businessman and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, only weeks after he revealed his plans for a new philanthropic organization (Bloomberg Philanthropies), which is geared towards city planners.
Mark Fields, Ford's CEO, announced on November 15 at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the Blue Oval will collaborate with Bloomberg Philanthropies in its efforts to prepare cities for self-driving cars, and their use for addressing various challenges. "We’re discussing how we can work together to help create the city of tomorrow, incubating ideas around mobility and to accelerate solutions in cities," Fields stated. "Working with Bloomberg, we will collect the best ideas from around the world and put them into action." Learn more about Ford's efforts in the video below:
Although Bloomberg's initiative originally went public back in October, it only took a few weeks before Ford established its partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Ford's City Solutions team initiated the collaboration once it was clear that Bloomberg Philanthropies closely aligns with the City Solutions team's objectives - as described on USAToday.com, the group "was created to work with cities and study their transportation needs," as well as determine the best plan for interactions between pioneering self-driving vehicles, ride-sharing services, shuttle services and more traditional mass transit systems. With the City Solutions team, and the greater Ford Smart Mobility division it falls under, Ford intends to take its mobility and autonomous vehicle development projects to the next level. The end goal, ultimately, is to facilitate greater connections between vehicles produced by the automotive industry, automaker services and transportation services.
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