Data will help Ford's Chariot shuttle service expand in NYC

Aug. 2, 2017
If you're a New York City commuter using public transit and looking for another option than the usual, Ford Motor Co. is hoping its Chariot crowd-sourced shuttle van service will appeal to you. The company said it wants to have 60 Transit passenger vans running Chariot routes there by this fall.

If you're a New York City commuter using public transit and looking for another option than the usual, Ford Motor Co. is hoping its Chariot crowd-sourced shuttle van service will appeal to you. The company said it wants to have 60 Transit passenger vans running Chariot routes there by this fall.

What's different? Initially conceived as a shuttle service that uses app-based crowd-sourcing to create routes, Chariot — now that it's been acquired by Ford — will draw from the OEM's data and analytics to help design routes. A faster crowd-sourcing method also will allow app users to pitch in and propose Chariot routes where people could benefit from the service and help gather critical mass to launch them.

Click through the photos to learn more about Ford's plans for Chariot in New York, or watch more from Ford below.  

About the Author

Aaron Marsh

Before computerization had fully taken hold and automotive work took someone who speaks engine, Aaron grew up in Upstate New York taking cars apart and fixing and rewiring them, keeping more than a few great jalopies (classics) on the road that probably didn't deserve to be. He spent a decade inside the Beltway covering Congress and the intricacies of the health care system before a stint in local New England news, picking up awards for both pen and camera.

He wrote about you-name-it, from transportation and law and the courts to events of all kinds and telecommunications, and landed in trucking when he joined FleetOwner in July 2015. Long an editorial leader, he was a keeper of knowledge at FleetOwner ready to dive in on the technical and the topical inside and all-around trucking—and still turned a wrench or two. Or three. 

Aaron previously wrote for FleetOwner. 

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