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CrowdRide

We are creating a crowd sourced public transportation system, based on sharing economy.

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We are building a system which will enable drivers to share empty seats in their cars. Essentially each car in the system acts as a bus which picks up and drops off passengers along the route on dedicated points. The driver will not have to deviate from the route and wait for anybody, so there will be no major drawbacks for the driver.

A simple, user friendly smartphone application will interact with users and provide necessary data, like GPS position, to the system. 

A complex back-end system to navigate the passenger through empty seats in multiple vehicles is in development.

There will be incentives for the drivers, so the passengers will have to pay something, or return the favour as a driver. There is also an option for the city to provide incentives for the drivers in a form of free parking, free public transport etc. The public transport could also be included in the system.

The system will help to increase occupancy of the vehicles and with high frequency of contributing vehicles reduce the need to drive the car by yourself to get somewhere fast without planning.

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

The driver who wants to share empty seats on his route which would he otherwise drive alone: 1: Selects the destination 2: Confirms the route 3: Departs or delays the departure to the near future 4: Confirms the passenger when prompted. 5: Picks up and drops off the confirmed passenger(s) along the route. Passenger: 1: Selects the destination 2: The system calculates the trip through empty seats 3: Passenger reviews the proposed trip and drivers and asks them for a ride 4: Waits for the drivers to confirm the rides 5:Walks to the nearest pick-up/drop-off point and waits for the first driver. 6: Rides along with a driver and switches to another when prompted - like riding a bus. The ideal user will play both roles and therefore contribute to the community with minimal effort. The rides will have to be really cheap as we are not using any additional resources and the drivers do not have to put much effort into sharing the empty seats in their vehicles.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users
  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We are developing the idea for the past year, presented it and refined it on two hackathlons, got awarded for it. We also did lots of interviews and the responses were positive, the same goes for a survey in Slovenia. We tested the idea in a simulation and even with a low density of drivers the travel was faster than with a ordinary public transport. Prototype system is in development and we hope we will be able to test it in the wild in few months.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I (Nejc Černilogar) have been developing the idea for some years and in December 2018 I got in touch with Martin Pečar, mathematician who runs his own company OmniOpti, a startup, working on transport optimisation. In summer 2019 we met Luka Toni and Matija Koželj, computer engineers with experience in development of mobile applications and their back-end.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

www.omniopti.si; www.crowd-ride.com (in the making)

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

10.000 for finishing the user application 20.000 for development of the back-end 25.000 for costs of cloud services for the first year 20.000 for marketing

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The system will have to be deployed on a small geographical area, where we concentrate our efforts and marketing resources to achieve high penetration among users in as short time as possible. Ideal area would be around one of the city arterial roads, including the neighbourhoods which connect to the city through particular road.

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

We could compare number of cars carrying passengers to the number of total cars on a certain e road in a given moment. In any case we will measure number of shared rides, travelled distance for a passenger, driver, car; number of active users in the area, etc. A great success for us would be to have a steady growth of active users in the pilot area and when the driver of every 10th car will be contributing in the system.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

There are roughly two options. We could generate the revenue with "freemium" application, where a monthly subscription fee of few dollars will have to be paid to get access to all features of the system. The other option is to take care of handling the payments and take a provision from each ride.

Social Media

Facebook/instagram: @ncerni

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