Last year, Ford created a transportation service called GoRide Health that utilizes Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans for non-emergency medical transport for public use. After a year perfecting the system in the southeast Michigan area, Ford now plans to expand its services nationwide. They are currently operating in Toledo, Ohio, and plan to move services into Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus.
Many people, especially those with disabilities or in wheelchairs, need reliable transportation for regular medical visits. The GoRide service has been gaining attention from large-managed care organizations for its usefulness, safety, and 95% on-time rate.
Minyang Jiang, CEO of GoRide Health said, “By the end of the year we expect to have over 130 vans. By the end of next year over 200.” The plans are to launch in Miami and other Florida cities in 2019 and North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and California in 2020.
As of yet, urban markets have been the focus, but the service is looking to provide medical transport in rural areas that lack public transit. GoRide has been using data analytics to help identify transportation gaps so that they can better target where services are most needed, to better assist their connected medical organizations.
Here at Westland Ford, we are always happy to hear about another way to Ford is working to better the community.