Ford, together with AT&T, Dell, and Microsoft, is launching a new “City of Tomorrow Challenge” in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Like the Pittsburgh program announced earlier in the month, the Miami-Dade City of Tomorrow Challenge aims to crowdsource and pilot mobility solutions from residents, community groups, and businesses. The Challenge builds on Ford’s existing relationship with Miami-Dade, which was cemented earlier this year when the automaker announced that Miami would be the first proving ground for its self-driving service.
It’s a suitable place for experiments in mobility, Ford says, because the average commute time in the county is some 15 percent longer than the national average – largely a result of the burgeoning population, which has grown nearly 8 percent just since 2010.
The Miami-Dade City of Tomorrow Challenge will run for eight months, during which time residents, groups, and businesses will be welcome to share their own mobility experiences in the area, and what transportation services might make things easier. It includes $100k for funding pilot programs to test the best solutions.
“We know that every city and county is unique, which is why the City of Tomorrow Challenge isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach,” says Ford City Solutions Vice President John Kwant. “Miami-Dade understands the need to seek out new ideas to improve the way its residents get around, and our goal is to provide the county with an easy, efficient way to engage people and do just that.”