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MUVE: Connecting Austin

Central platform for MUVE, transit, cab, NEMT, to partner in meeting transportation needs. Focus on ease and 24hr inclusion for all riders.

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MUVE has a suite of technology products centered around transportation including dispatch software, Driver and Rider Apps, a web portal, and a toll-free number for booking transportation. MUVE brings every aspect of transportation together into one program; joining transit, private cabs, non-emergent medical transportation, veterans and more. Muve will integrate and compliment the existing transportation infrastructure in Austin with focus on serving those with underserved needs in the impact area. MUVE's universal design enhances transportation in every way. 


MUVE will partner with local transportation entities  to open the network of availability in Austin. MUVE will implement one handicap-accessible vehicle in the impact area with 24 hour availability. MUVE will secure revenue generating income for this vehicle from sources like Logisticare (Non-Emergent Medical Transportation) so this program can be sustained and expanded over time. With this reveneue generating contract in place; those in need in the impact area will have affordable on-demand and scheduled transportation.


MUVE Drivers will be pre-screened and PASS trained for accessibility. Drivers will pass a 7 year criminal and motor vehicle history. Drivers and vehicles will be required to stay within a 20 mile radius of impact area at all times to accommodate public need for transportation.  


Vehicle will have the ability to be utilized 24 hours per day via web, phone, or MUVE app. Transportation booked via the MUVE app will provide additional financial sustainability for continuity after the initial funding and 100% sustainability with outside contracts.   


MUVE will donate 30% of it's revenue from private party bookings to a fund dedicated to providing transportation for those with unmet needs. 

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

Anyone who needs transportation in the impact area can use MUVE to find it. Workers, visitors, and residents will be able to deploy MUVE vehicle(s) for 24-hour transportation with door to door service. Our focus is on community, integrating with small business, non profit/charities, as well as corporate entities to offer social re-integration avenues through innovative initiatives & programs for people of all abilities. Contract transportation will also be allowed for clients that secure funding through the State of Texas. For example, Logisticare and MTM have shown interest in utilizing this service and would realize significant discounts by booking accessible transportation within program. The revenue generated from these contract participants will be utilized to both expand the fleet of accessible vehicles in Austin and offer significant discounts to impact residents for everyday transportation needs. MUVE's donation back to the fund will help those most in need of transportation.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

Public excitement was very high within our pilot program in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Accessibility for all; anytime, is something that had never been addressed in that remote area. With our community based app, MUVE users can identify businesses, facilities, entertainment, etc. that cater to those with accessibility needs and MUVE gets you there. They're happy to participate and "tag" locations that promote handicap accessibility inclusion. There are no limits with MUVE.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Anthony Shannon-Entrepreneur; Anthony is 'driven by change; and always enthusiastic about discovering new technologies with potential for impact, & positive disruption.' Peter Grande-Entrepreneur; Peter's experience and innovation in the handicap accessible vehicle market exhibits his passion for global change; inclusion for all. Stephanie Coykendall-Transit Director; using this model, successfully implemented $48k/yr free transportation for the underserved in Northern Michigan

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

Accessible Passenger Vehicle -$40,000 Commercial Insurance-$5000 Fuel -$5000 24 hr Driver Startup Reimbursement-$5000 PASS Training/Background Checks-$5,000 Community Liaison, Contract Implementation, Outreach, Marketing-$40000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Pilot project implemented rapidly with strategic collaborations established and specific needs identified. Ford Upfit accessible vehicle ordered, purchased, insured and branded specific to MUVE, Ford, and Austin. Community Liaison hired for the impact Area, contract partnerships developed. MUVE Drivers hired, certified and trained. Targeted marketing campaign. Utilize transportation connections already in the area to ensure swift demand-response times when needed. MUVE will replicate a successful initiative in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula which combines the transportation need with the transportation service. This program focuses on generating revenue from both the public and private sector with an end goal of giving back to those in need.

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

The success of our pilot will be measured by the utilization of our services. We promote inclusion through our Community based app; localized by our custom Austin module. Users can opt in to text messages for local event notifications to further initiate inclusion. User interaction will be a large measure of our success. Strategic contracts will also contribute to our successes. With insurance contracts ready to be implemented; under this pilot we would handle only insurance overflow to ensure marketplace fairness and sustainable revenue generation. Our goal is to enhance every aspect of transportation, not compete or take business away from existing companies. One in five Americans has a disability. Only 35% of working aged people with disabilities are employed. We believe this number could be significantly higher with a better accessibility system. MUVE has the proven pilot model to sustain this project. It's helping those that truly need it that will measure our successes.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

This idea should be fully sustainable at the pilot end. With strategic contracts in place and projected public interest, this project should be expandable within two years of implementation. Our plan not only generates revenue, but gives back to the community in one of it's strongest areas of need; transportation.

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