UC San Diego and Ford companies partner for mobility services


Flag of UC San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

Two Ford-owned companies on Tuesday announced a new five-year agreement with UC San Diego on sustainable modes of transportation for the university’s 75,000 students, faculty and staff.

Spin, a micromobility provider, and TransLoc, a transportation software solutions company, are teaming up for the project.

“The university has long been committed to reducing our carbon footprint while supporting healthy and efficient transit opportunities for a large and diverse campus population,” said Gary Matthews, UCSD vice-chancellor for resource management and planning.

“With the combined services of Spin and TransLoc, the university is reducing its carbon emissions, leveraging our investment in transportation and making the last leg of home-to-work journeys easier for faculty, students and staff,” added Matthews. “We are delighted to see this vision of unified transit expand and evolve in the years to come. “

Spin and UCSD started a partnership in 2017 with 50 shared pedal bikes. According to TransLoc, the new agreement will bring 600 shared e-bikes and electric scooters to campus, through a network of charging stations with digital screens that display passenger data to help them better plan their trip.

The first month of the fall term showed runners completed over 63,000 trips, resulting in over 53,000 miles.

“At Spin, our mission is to use micromobility to create a 15-minute city – where anyone can get to any important place in 15 minutes,” said Ben Bear, CEO of Spin. “College campuses like UC San Diego really operate like small towns, and working with TransLoc will help us advance our goal of making transportation travel easier. “

TransLoc’s software, according to the company, will support the college’s existing transit system to more efficiently dispatch and track more than 40 buses along fixed routes on campus. The software will also provide users with real-time data on the status, capacity and location of the bus.

The TransLoc software will also power UCSD’s small buses and low-speed electric touring vehicles next year, which will provide door-to-door service on campus for students, faculty and staff with issues. of mobility.

Brett Wheatley, who is vice president of Ford and CEO of TransLoc, said the future of transportation is not about single-mode journeys.

Instead, “it’s about providing affordable, accessible and easy-to-use options that complement each other and enhance the pilot’s experience,” said Wheatley. “This is just the start of how Ford, Spin and TransLoc can help improve and sustain mobility systems across the United States.”

The heads of Spin and TransLoc said there are significant opportunities to expand the mobility project to company campuses, municipalities, airports and other facilities.

–City news service

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