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Ford to start pilot project of smart shuttle services for Chennai employees

Also been in talks with authorities in Indore to provide smart infrastructure as part of mobility services

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The logo of Ford is seen during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland File photo:REUTERS

US auto major Motor Co is looking to tap opportunities in for its smart with the government's push for providing a good platform, a top company official said.

The company's arm Smart Mobility LLC will initiate a pilot project of its smart involving its employees in by the end of this year.

It has also been in talks with authorities in Indore to provide smart infrastructure as part of

"We think is going to be a fantastic market for for a number of reasons. The first reason being that the is initiating a number of programmes to allow cities to experiment with new mobility options," Smart Mobility (FSM) LLC CEO Rajendra Rao told PTI.

Moreover, he said the ongoing creation of new roads and infrastructure will also call for usage of data to improve schedules and routes for vehicles as well as incentivise people to share.

Rao said the company's team in will use FSM's "global playbook" to be utilised to deliver solutions in the country.

Citing an example of how it is moving ahead with the strategy, he said the company is looking to start developed by San Fransisco-based Chariot, which it had acquired last year, in by the end of this year.

"We might start doing projects with our employees in so that we can learn what capabilities we need in for various things and then take those learnings and apply that in other cities which need them," Rao added.

The shuttle service aims to provide an efficient transportation for users based on data analytics of traffic, number of people travelling from a particular area to the same destination at the same time. has over 11,000 employees in

He, however, did not specify by when the service could be rolled out commercially in

"It is in a very early stage," he said.

Commenting on opportunities in India's push for smart cities, Rao said: "Our goal is to improve efficiency in the shared mobility space...We have identified a need in to partner with cities."

He said the company's team in will use its global template and use it to deliver solutions in the country.

"If we look at our resources in India, in addition to designing and manufacturing, we also see the team in becoming mobility-centric that can scale up its services with different cities to implement playbook," he added.

Currently, the company is working with authorities in Indore.

"Our conversation with the city has been to how do we help the city think about a smarter infrastructure as part of the The demand for such services is very high as cities are getting demanding," Rao said.

Smart Mobility LLC has been formed to design, build, grow and invest in emerging

First Published: Mon, September 25 2017. 02:15 IST