Ford is committed to creating human-centered solutions to mobility challenges, so we are teaming up with Dell Technologies, AT&T, and Microsoft to launch the City of Tomorrow Challenge, a space for residents, businesses and community groups to connect and collaborate on solutions that improve mobility in cities.
By working with communities to crowdsource new mobility designs and innovations, and funding pilots to test the top solutions, the Challenge program’s goal is to identify opportunities to create immediate impact for residents and support long-term improvements to how the people get around the city.
We work with three companies with specialized experience in design research, open innovation and data analytics to produce each challenge:
Each challenge is hosted by local government and supported by corporate partners. We’re grateful for their commitment to human-centered design and open innovation as we work together towards true urban mobility.
Read more about our partners below.
The Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI)
The Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) was established by Ordinances 15, 16 and 17 of 2017. It is the newest department of the City of Pittsburgh.
The Department is responsible for the transportation of people and goods throughout the City of Pittsburgh, and for managing the operation of and access to the public right-of-way (the sidewalks, curbs, streets, and bridges that make up our network).
The Goals of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure:
- No one dies or is seriously injured traveling on city streets.
- Every household in Pittsburgh can access fresh fruits and vegetables within 20 minutes travel of home, without the requirement of a private vehicle.
- All trips less than 1 mile are easily and enjoyably achieved by non-vehicle travel.
- Streets and intersections can be intuitively navigated by an adolescent.
- The combined cost of transportation, housing and energy does not exceed 45% of household income for any income group.
Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works
The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) seeks to improve the sustainability of our transportation networks as part of a wider goal of creating more vibrant, livable, sustainable cities and improving the quality of life for our residents.
Embracing the concept of ''mobility management,'' a strategic approach to service coordination and customer service that is becoming a worldwide trend in the public transportation sector, DTPW is moving away from the traditional role as a fixed-route service operator, and toward collaboration with other transportation providers, both public and private, to create a full range of well synchronized mobility services within our community.
Mobile Grand Rapids
The City of Grand Rapids is moving toward a more holistic approach to transportation. In early 2016, the City began transforming its Parking Services Department into Mobile GR and Parking Services – a mobility focused department aimed at integrating parking management with other transportation options and services.
Mobile GR works to provide residents, workers, and visitors with 21st Century Mobility. The Department manages a robust parking system made up of street parking, ramps, and lots – but parking is only one part of the approach. That’s why Mobile GR is working to broaden Grand Rapids’ transportation options with transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programs, and new transportation technology and services. The work at Mobile GR recognizes that successful economic development and transportation improvements depend on a just social framework.
PlanetM is the state of Michigan’s mobility-focused brand and business development program.
Dell Technologies believes that the scale and complexity of mobility in cities – where over half the world’s population now lives – is matched only by its absolute importance to everyday lives. It’s a challenge that perfectly aligns with our purpose, which is to create technologies that drive human progress. The Ford City of Tomorrow vision explores how “near-term mobility advancements such as autonomous and electric vehicles, ride sharing, ride-hailing, and connected vehicles could potentially interact with urban infrastructure and create a more cohesive transportation eco-system.” We believe we can play a key role in making Ford’s vision real. We have built our unique family of companies on the idea that progress lives at the intersection of technology and humanity and where better to further this idea than in some of the world’s great cities?
The mobile revolution has transformed the way we do just about everything – creating endless possibilities in our connected society. As a global leader in the Internet of Things, we know innovation is at the forefront of making communities safer, more efficient, and sustainable for the future. And with IoT devices and technology, we’re able to collect data to predict, learn, and make near real-time decisions that address major social and environmental challenges in our world. We’re excited to collaborate with Ford on the City of Tomorrow Challenge to learn how technology and innovation will transform the way we and our customers care for the community and the planet.
Microsoft CityNext empowers cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive. Microsoft brings a world-class technology portfolio, including safe and secure cloud computing, and the vast expertise of the Microsoft Partner Network – empowering cities to infuse intelligence throughout civic systems and services and connect various areas of government, so cities can improve the urban experiences of the citizens they serve.
Interested in future challenges? Contact cotcInfo@ford.com to learn more about partnership and sponsorship opportunities.