Ford Motor Company joined hands with Hinjawadi Industries Association (HIA) launched ‘Office Ride’, which is an app-based shared mobility provision for Pune residents. Last week, by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis made the first announcement of the shared mobility solution. The solution will provide a safer, smarter and easy alternative to the employees of Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park for their routine commute. This will also aid the daily traffic congestion as well as pollution.
Speaking on this, Dr Satish Pai, President, Hinjawadi Industries Association (HIA), said, “Covering 2,800 acres, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park (RGIP) in Hinjawadi houses 180 IT companies and 350,000 employees. Today, less than 10 per cent of those employees depend on public transportation or shared mobility for their daily commute. We welcome Ford to the Metrozip family with their safe, convenient and connected Office Ride solution and thank them for their support in redefining the future of mobility.”
Mr R. Mahadevan, country director, Ford Smart Mobility, India, said, “Ford changed the way the world moved 115 years ago, and it is our responsibility to do it again. As a mobility company, we are working with cities to help address growing transportation challenges and are pleased to start our collaboration with Pune Smart City Development Corporation and Hinjawadi Industries Association with Office Ride.”
Collaborating with the Pune Smart City Development Corporation, Ford has also made efforts for the Office Ride to look over transportation system which is integrated in such manner that would help reduce stress on infrastructure along with improved commuting experience. Each vehicle will have facility of free Wi-Fi and also tracking the shared vehicle through app along with planning their ride. The users can easily pay their fare through digital transactions such as mobile phone, internet banking, credit or debit card.
“We welcome Office Ride to Pune and look forward to partnering with Ford to help resolve the urban mobility challenges facing the city,” said Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, PSCDCL.
Welcoming Office Ride, Manojit Bose, chief knowledge officer, PSCDCL said, “Urban mobility has been one of the most challenging issues to resolve, and Pune Smart City is working on various approaches such as testing best-of-breed technology-led solutions to bring in the desired change.”