Ford Smart Mobility introduces innovative program to address mobility challenges in Africa

Ford announced the Ford X-Car Social Innovation Action Partnership Program, a new mobility experiment that uses Ford vehicles as the transportation backbone to deliver goods and services to under-served communities. The Ford X-Car will be equipped with an OpenXC plug-in device, a connectivity platform enabling analytic insights from the vehicle and its day-to-day activities.

Ford announced the Ford X-Car Social Innovation Action Partnership Program, a new mobility experiment that uses Ford vehicles as the transportation backbone to deliver goods and services to under-served communities – providing mobility to the community without needing direct ownership or liability of mobility assets.

The Ford X-Car will be equipped with an OpenXC plug-in device, a connectivity platform enabling analytic insights from the vehicle and its day-to-day activities. Ford Smart Mobility experiments could provide significant insight through data analytics that will help devise mobility solutions for millions by working with partners such as World Vision.

Many areas of rural Africa are affected by poor or non–existent communications and infrastructure capabilities. One of the immediate effects of these conditions is the difficulty of adequate healthcare in areas that often possess no reliable transport facilities. Ford is working with Riders for Health, an organisation that manages and maintains fleets that deliver healthcare workers to patients who need help. Equipping Ford pickup trucks with OpenXC technology will allow vehicle data to be collected that could improve productivity. The data collected is also being used to create maps of remote regions where most mapping companies do not go. By creating an expanded business framework of collaborative partnerships, Ford will become a convener of organisations who are striving to make a better world by providing sustainable mobility solutions.

There will be further opportunities for groups to partner with Ford on this initiative, from NGOs, private corporations or other charity organizations in Africa, that can help provide access to purified water, improved energy supplies as well as educational e-learning. There will be the chance to join the model and share physical space and objectives for the Ford X-Car –A prime example of how Flexible Use and Ownership allows multiple groups to share existing vehicle resources as they navigate the service network.

Source and photos: BFord Smart Mobility introduces innovative program to address mobility challenges in Africa , Ford, 11 August 2015.

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