As Pittsburgh Courts Self-Driving Technology, Ford’s Efforts at Partnering Give it an Edge

In January 2016, Brad Simmons, Ford’s director of government and stakeholder relations, wrote a letter of support to accompany Pittsburgh’s application in the Smart City Challenge, a $50 million grant competition from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Peduto has said Uber declined to give its full backing for Pittsburgh’s pursuit of the money.

“We want to work with you,” Mr. Simmons wrote. “Ford personnel are ready to meet with you to learn about the mobility challenges your city faces, as well as where you see the most opportunity for Ford to help you make your project a success.”