After a successful pilot in Ann Arbor, MI, Ford is expanding a program that uses advanced software tools and data visualization to help cities understand urban problems to six new partners. Ford will expand its City Insights Platform to Austin, TX; Indianapolis; Detroit; Miami; Pittsburgh; and Grand Rapids, MI.
With Ann Arbor, Ford used safety, parking and transit data to create an interactive model of the city, complete with buildings, to test potential mobility solutions before implementing them. Data from connected vehicles helped provide a real-time look at congestion and traffic flow.
“By bringing all this data into a single physical space, we can offer local officials across departments a new way of looking at how their city moves,” Brett Wheatley, Ford’s vice president for mobility marketing and growth, wrote in a Medium post.