Ford Teams with Uber, Lyft to Leverage SharedStreets Platform
Ford last week announced that it is joining Uber and Lyft in committing to the use of SharedStreets, a data platform that will allow the companies to better work with cities in the effort of improving urban mobility. The announcement was made on Sept. 26 by Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford Motor Company; Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber; and John Zimmer, co-founder and President of Lyft at the 2018 Bloomberg Global Business Forum.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for business and government to work together to rethink transportation,” said Hackett. “Collaborating through initiatives such as SharedStreets will enable us to use vehicles, road systems, and data together to create a new roadmap for mobility. We are working toward a future where all cities are smart and curb space is actively managed, increasing efficiency and safety, while reducing driver stress and pollution.”
SharedStreets is a universal data language launched earlier this year thanks in part to funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The collaboration between Ford, Uber, and Lyft to leverage the technology is done in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies as well as the National Association of City Transportation Officials and Open Transport Partnership.
Ford’s role involves developing a data standard that will allow cities to manage curb space in real-time, which will encourage the better use of space as well as promote the use of more sustainable alternatives. Uber will utilize SharedStreets to provide data on vehicle driving speeds to minimize the potential for collisions, and Lyft will create a framework for gathering curb usage data that will reduce congestion by pinpointing the popular spots for pick-ups and drop-offs.