Ford’s Chariot shared commuter shuttle service is increasing to its newest new market: Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus launch is in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, and preliminary service within the space shall be particularly a shuttle for the corporate’s 400 Company Middle workers situated throughout the metropolis.
Chariot will function day by day shuttles for these workers beginning on January 22, they usually’ll present each morning and night commute choices utilizing Wi-Fi outfitted, 14-seat Ford Transit vans. The vans could have service between 6 AM and 10 AM day by day, and in addition between four PM and eight PM, which is a wide range for each getting in and leaving the workplace. It’ll supply six totally different routes to cowl totally different residential areas for workers.
That is particularly a part of the rising Enterprise phase of Chariot’s enterprise, which serves company prospects with worker transit. That enterprise has elevated significantly from its inception, going from simply 10 routes in the beginning of final 12 months to now 80 in whole. General, Chariot operates 108 day by day routes throughout all of its markets, the corporate says, which is the primary time it’s revealed the complete scope of its operation.
Chariot’s Columbus operation can be a part of Ohio’s “Sensible Columbus” program, which received the Division of Transportation’s $40 million Sensible Metropolis Problem two years in the past. This system is meant to show how built-in applied sciences, together with related infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, good mobility providers and extra can work collectively to construct a greater transportation community.
Chariot, which was acquired by Ford in September 2016, now operates in 5 cities in whole, together with San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Austin and now Columbus. The corporate began out offering shared on-demand first/final mile transit options in SF, and has since experimented with quite a few totally different different commuter providers fashions, together with shared ski resort transit.
Ford not too long ago introduced a dedication to construct an open good metropolis platform for connecting varied transportation providers, and it’s additionally engaged on its autonomous car platform, which can make its self-driving vehicles obtainable to companions, together with Lyft, Postmates and extra. Clearly, the automaker is all in favour of exploring a macro method to fixing the issue of getting round more and more busy cities, and Chariot and its varied commuter service incarnations is a part of that, too.