Tuesday 29 January 2019

Chariot to Cease Operations in UK & USA

Chariot has ceased operating its ride sharing UK commuter routes in the UK.

Ford bought the US start up company in 2017 and brought it to the UK, allowing passengers to check the app to find commuter routes near them, reserve a seat, and also use the app to pay with their smartphones.

The company have issued a statement saying

"Following significant consideration, we have decided to close the Chariot operation. Friday, January 25th is the last day we will offer service on commuter routes in the U.K., and Friday, February 1 will be the last day we will offer service on our commuter routes in the U.S. 

In today’s mobility landscape, the wants and needs of customers and cities are changing rapidly. 

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause Chariot’s riders and our enterprise customers. We are committed to ensuring our customers are aware of the decision and have time to make alternative transportation arrangements.

We are truly grateful to our commuters, enterprise customers, and partners for your support over the past five years. Chariot was built on a commitment to help reduce congestion, ease the commute and improve quality of life in cities, and since our start, we have provided our customers with more than 3 million rides. In addition, we helped Ford build their mobility business, and their experience with Chariot continues to inform their mobility efforts and design decisions for the future.

See the 2017 Focus Transport launch announcement here