Ford Launches New Shuttle Bus Service App

Ford Launches New Shuttle Bus Service App

A trial of a Ford-operated, commuter ride-share service app was approved for launch in London this past January.

Chariot, the business providing the ride share services through the app, will allow passengers to pay a premium over a regular bus fare price for pre-booked trips running along four routes.

As shared mobility services reach all-time popularity levels, vehicle manufacturers such as Ford are turning away from a traditional industry platform and toward a more user-friendly model.

The ride-share service is part of an effort to ramp up what Ford calls their microtransit plan. The use of the Chariot app is intended to work in cooperation with London’s already established public transportation system in order to offer “in-app ride booking for first and last-mile commuting solutions, and the potential to reach underserved areas,” according to a spokesperson from Ford.

Chariot is Europe’s first commuter shuttle service, with 14 minibuses slated to operate in bus lanes which will run along designated routes. These routes will generally be located south of Thames and in areas without tube stations like Battersea.

Following the release of news, Transport for London has stated that they plan to work with other technology companies to provide missing transportation links in the English territory. Ford joins the ranks of other vehicle manufacturers who are hopping on the experimental bus servicing trend like BMW, who has sponsored the Drive Now car sharing program.

Ford is currently operating the Chariot app from San Francisco, New York, Austin, Seattle, and the newest city addition, Columbus, Ohio.

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Wi-Fi Improves Commute for Bus Riders

Wi-Fi Improves Commute for Bus Riders

Most people don’t enjoy riding the bus to work. Some people do it because they don’t have any other transportation options, while others do it because it’s the quickest way to get from point A to point B in the morning. But very few people actually enjoy waiting for the bus to arrive and then crowding into the bus once it gets there.

That could change in the very near future for many people, though, as public Wi-Fi is starting to be incorporated into more and more forms of public transportation. Public buses, in particular, are starting to be outfitted with Wi-Fi, and it’s already making commutes more pleasant for many people. New York City recently introduced Wi-Fi and charging ports on MTA buses in Brooklyn and Manhattan to lots of fanfare, and even buses in other countries are starting to get Wi-Fi, too. The Iranian city of Tehran, for example, now has buses capable of providing riders with internet connections. There are even some school districts in the U.S. that are experimenting with putting Wi-Fi in school buses.

The goal of all this is to keep people more connected than they already were. At the moment, most bus riders need to rely on their cellular service when using the internet on their smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This sometimes limits how often they can connect to the internet, based on cell service availability and individual data plans. But with the growth of public Wi-Fi on buses, many people will get the chance to use their various devices more often whenever they are on board.

In the coming years, there is likely going to be an uptick in the number of public buses and other forms of public transportation that have public Wi-Fi. Northwest Bus Sales is excited about this development and is looking forward to finding ways to help people get their hands on buses capable of providing Wi-Fi to passengers. Call us at 800-231-7099 today to hear about the buses we have in stock now and the services we can provide for those looking for them.