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COMET [Community Optimised Managed Electric Transport]

Sustainable Transport Specialist - Research, proposal writeup, proofreading

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Our proposal is to introduce our vehicle, the COMET, to Austin. The City Optimized Managed Electric Transport, otherwise known as the COMET is a fully electric, zero emission vehicle designed for regular public transport usage. The COMET has a fast charging lithium ion battery capable of reaching 0-100 charge in 45 minutes and Formula E grade technology courtesy of our technology partners QEV Technologies. 

It has a maximum thirty person capacity, twenty sitting and ten standing, and possesses extra features for comfort and security such as air conditioning and free wi-fi. Onboard there are multiple features for increased accessibility and security, including an electric ramp, CCTV, a priority seating/wheelchair area at the front of the vehicle and onboard televisions.

What truly makes the COMET stand out are its integrated technology solutions, specifically our ticketing application for the phone and fleet management system. Users register profiles within the application which keep track of information in partnership with local government uniThe ticketing application generates QR codes to be scanned onboard, but is also usable as a mobile wallet to send money to registered friends or buy items at partner establishments. It will also allow users to monitor the location of incoming COMETs through the built-in map. Of course, for those who don’t use smartphones or have physical difficulty using phones, it is also possible to do payment onboard in cash. 

Meanwhile, our fleet management system allows us to not only keep track of where our vehicles are, but also who’s onboard riding. This allows us to keep track of our passengers and better accommodate their needs, with this information being available immediately to our drivers via an installed screen. It also ensures that our vehicles are always in good shape, repaired and maintained before any issues are exacerbated by continued usage.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Since we are advocating for a public transport solution, our ridership should be able to encompass people from all walks of life. We want our users to be able to consult our GETPASS phone app, GET website or helpful staff at the terminals on either end of a route and book their tickets. From there they head to their closest virtual stop, visible on the website and with real-time tracking of nearby COMETs via the app. Boarding is a simple procedure, with passengers stepping into the vehicle or taking the ramp, after which they either tap their app-generated QR code on the driver-side scanner or pay for their ticket. While on the vehicle they can make use of free-wifi while in air-conditioned and relatively spacious conditions, able to feel secure thanks to CCTV and fleet management systems monitoring safety, security, and vehicle conditions to ensure riders have a pleasurable journey. Disembarking occurs at set stops according to a preset procedure.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

From previous testing we've been able to refine our vehicle design and services to better service user needs. Initial vehicle testing led to us introducing dedicated accessibility features such as our ramp, wheelchair spaces, and audio/visual signalling onboard the COMET. Payment app testing lead to the implementation of our GPS tracking in-app, as well as improved advertisement placement, load/response time improvement and UI cleanup.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

GET is a mobility company who are piloting a fleet managed electric mass transport vehicle. Since our conception we’ve been committed to creating a green solution for the parallel problems of congestion and pollution in the places where they’re needed the most. We believe that expensive long-term infrastructure solutions such as subway systems or light rail are not always the most feasible or effective solutions in every country, which is why we’re presenting an effective emission-free solution.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Team or Organization URL

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Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

The monetary value of one COMET is 70,000 USD , while the value for a charger is 30,000 USD . Although this budget wouldn't cover our usual 12-vehicle fleet per transport line, it will cover the production of one vehicle and charger, which will be enough for us to operate a pilot exploratory route as described in our full plan.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Our pilot deployment will run through the neighbourhood of Manor in the Eastern Crescent. With one vehicle and one charger we will be able to run an exploratory route beginning at the Walmart Supercenter and ending at the Manor Park & Ride, where the Manor Metro Express stop is located. The route will run through Hamilton Points and Greenbury, since these are residential side streets which are currently unserviced by public transport. The vehicle deployment will run routes every forty minutes - this is because thirty minutes will be used to run the route continuously, while ten minutes at the end are necessary in order to top up the fast charge of the COMET.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

In order to ensure a successful pilot, we're looking to gather both quantitative and qualitative data in order to get a holistic view of our success. In terms of numerical data we're looking towards total ridership, total miles travelled, number of app downloads originating in Austin, and revenue generation from both fare collection and corporate sponsorship/advertising streams. These are easily measurable by checking our fleet management software, the respective app stores for each OS, and calculation of income. Our qualitative measurements focus on passenger comfort and safety, so we'll conduct focus groups and survey work to help us gain feedback and see where we can improve in operations and service. While this data is more difficult to gather and assess, if the general comments and feedback is good when compared to currently existing modes of public transport it is reassuring for continued operation.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The sustainability of our vehicle is contingent on its revenue generation, and according to our numbers the revenue generated from fare collection and advertisement would be more than sufficient to not only meet costs but also generate profit. Our estimated annual revenue for a single vehicle is $153,930.00, with costs coming in at $102,040.41. This gives us a total net income of $51,889.59.

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Attachments (1)

City One_ Austin Challenge (1).pdf

An expanded description of our proposal, model, and relevant contextual information.


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