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Ford dabbles in shuttles and bike sharing in San Francisco

Engadget logo Engadget 9/09/2016 Roberto Baldwin
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Not happy with just announcing that it'll have autonomous car sharing available in five years, the automaker is now adding two more means of transportation for urban areas: bikes and shuttles. In front of San Francisco city hall, CEO Mark Fields announced that the car maker had purchased local shuttle service Chariot and showed off its new fleet of bike share system.

Today's news is part of Ford's continuing investment in its Smart Mobility program. The automaker is aggressively expanding beyond just selling cars to consumers in an attempt to stay ahead of the changing transportation landscape. While Fields was mum on what the company paid for Chariot he did say that San Francisco would be getting 7,000 GoBikes and that other Bay Area cities like Berkeley and San Jose would be coming soon.

Ford will be partnering with the Metropolitan Transportation System and bike-sharing company Motivate.

San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee said, "Transportation is a regional challenges and the solution have to be regional." He continued, "I am very proud of this partnership with Ford." While San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo announced that there would be GoBikes available in underserved areas at a discounted rate so all citizens can enjoy riding around on two wheels.


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