#BigData: Ford / MIT Collaborate on Future

Ford / MIT Collaborate on Future Smartphones Accelerate Urban Planning


LAKE WALES, Fla. — By harnessing the anonymous locations of the smartphones that nearly everyone carries nowadays Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believe they can plan a better future, at least for urban areas, with near realtime analytics. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — the world's most cited general scientific journal — Ford and MIT demonstrated today [Aug. 29, 2016] how a mere six weeks of historical cell phone location data could be nearly instantly analyzed to provide optimal plans for infrastructure development and resource allocation that city planners might take years to sift out.