FORD CHARIOT CHALLENGES LONDON BUS AND UBER
Ford has confirmed that it plans to enter London, as the “first international location” for its Chariot ride-sharing. The car marker bought the start-up in September 2016 and it operates in US cities including San Francisco, Austin, Texas, and New York, using 15-seater Transits.
It aim is to “supplement bus routes and trains with commuter routes that are not as well served by the existing options.”In a statement, Ford says: “We continue to explore additional markets as part of our While it is not specifically targeting bus routes, due to the slow nature of many London bus routes that have prompted patronage falls, it is likely that a more agile, bespoke service could nibble away demand. The move follows an application to TfL for a licence to operate an on-demand shuttle service using Via’s carpooling technology, based on Mercedes-Benz vans. Via is backed by Daimler, in a bid to move it from being a carmaker to a ‘mobility as a service’ (MaaS) business.