What Ford’s AV Partnership With DC Means For The City’s Future (10-25-18)

Ford’s AVs will be tested across the District starting as early as Q1 of next year, with a goal of deploying a commercial AV service in 2021 that could include ride-hailing and food delivery.

Washington, DC and Ford announced an autonomous vehicle (AV) partnership on Monday, a move the pair hopes will also impact areas such as workforce development.

At a press conference, officials said Ford’s AVs will be tested across the District starting as early as the first quarter of next year, with a goal of deploying a commercial AV service in 2021 that could include ride-hailing and food and package delivery. DC joins Detroit, Miami and Pittsburgh as Ford AV test cities.

“Both Ford and district officials are committed to exploring how self-driving vehicles can be deployed in an equitable way across the various neighborhoods that make up Washington, D.C., and in a way that promotes job creation,” Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, wrote in a Medium post.

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Ford To Test Self-Driving Cars On Streets Of Washington, D.C. (10-22-18)

An Argo self-driving car is tested on the Northside of Pittsburgh Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Argo is a company owned by Ford. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The nation’s capital early next year joins a roster of cities across the country where self-driving cars are being tested amid the real-world conditions of everyday commuter traffic.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday that Ford Motor Co. will deploy a fleet of up to 10 self-driving, or semiautonomous, vehicles in the city in February as part of the automaker’s nationwide push to test driverless cars. In the city’s pilot program, the high-tech autos will aim to carry passengers and make deliveries across the city by 2021, officials said.

Supporters of self-driving cars say the artificial intelligence that controls them will remove human errors that cause accidents.

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Lyft Scooters Hit DC Streets (10-18-18)

Ride-hailing company Lyft joins the dockless electric scooter experiment in the District, rolling out its own Lyft-branded scooters across D.C. (Courtesy Lyft)

WASHINGTON — Ride-hailing company Lyft joins the dockless electric scooter experiment in the District, rolling out its own Lyft-branded scooters across D.C.

It is Lyft’s first scooter launch on the East Coast.

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DC Launches Digital Taxi-Tracking Software (10-18-18)

Dive Brief:

  • Washington, DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has launched a platform for riders to track taxis and limos in real-time.
  • Known as an application program interface (API), the software provides a visual representation of where the taxis and limos are and can also show the identification numbers of specific vehicles. Five developers, including TransitScreen and Redmon Group, have registered to use the service.
  • “It’s difficult to list all the benefits of our APIs, but it’s important to note that economic impact is among them,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said in a statement. “Whether we facilitate the transport of business leaders or government officials to meetings, or ensure that a visitor enjoys a seamless sightseeing experience, the apps our APIs make possible can help ensure the District remains a commerce and tourism center.”

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