Pittsburgh, Ford announce challenge program to find mobility solutions

Mayor Bill Peduto and John Kwant, vice president of Ford City Solutions, announced Tuesday that Pittsburgh will be the first city to work with Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge. The new program calls on the public to identify and then offer solutions for mobility problems with the help of a team of private experts, with one or two ideas receiving a total of $100,000 to move ahead to a demonstration project…

Mr. Kwant said Ford’s decision to kick off the program here evolved after Ford’s announcement in February 2017 that it would invest $1 billion over five years in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to develop technology for a self-driving vehicle. He called Pittsburgh “the ideal partner” because of its leadership in areas such as smart traffic signals through Carnegie Mellon University.