Ford Motor Company this week donated two brand-new, specially-outfitted Ford Endeavour (a.k.a. “Everest”) SUVs to humanitarian aid group World Vision in India. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and Asia-Pacific President Dave Schoch were present in Chennai to hand over the comically-large key fob (pictured above).
The Ford Endeavour donation is part of Ford’s “Project Better World,” which seeks to provide so-called “Smart Mobility” solutions to areas in-need. Each Ford Endeavour has been outfitted with the automaker’s OpenXC platform, which will provide location-based services like GPS tracking to enable World Vision to operate more efficiently, especially in remote and unmapped areas.
“Mobility is a challenge throughout the world, but particularly in India,” says Bill Ford. “We are looking beyond the traditional role vehicles play in society to find solutions that address real mobility problems and help make a positive impact on people’s lives. By pairing vehicles with connectivity technology, we can help reach underserved and remote communities that desperately need critical services, like health care and education.”
That is precisely what these two Ford Endeavour SUVs will be providing, with one serving as a vehicle for mobile healthcare, and the other as a mobile library. The first will be outfitted with a refrigerator, a stretcher/patient seat, a television with a DVD player, and a Wi-Fi provision. It will allow a World Vision doctor and a nurse/helper to provide diagnosis, medicines, education, and other healthcare services to areas around India. The second Ford Endeavour will be loaded with 150 books related to topics that vary from week to week, as well as a television, and 5 laptops with a Wi-Fi connection.