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Bee. Low-cost Autonomous Electric Flying Vehicle

This proposal is based on drone technology. It is an autonomous vehicle that allows the following of 3D routes in order to minimize transpor

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This proposal is based on drone technology and artificial intelligence (IA). It is an autonomous vehicle that follows 3D smart routes to minimize transportation time. It is electric in order to reduce emissions and it is also autonomous so that any person could use it without previous training. This feature also frees the users from the driving task so that they can carry out other duties while being transported. It is intended to be a low-cost alternative that anyone can use. Users are expected to define a route by using a mobile application. It also considers mechanical and audiovisual aids intended to help disabled people. It also has de aim of working without interfering with previously established aviation routes.

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

Everyone is a potential user of this vehicle. All residents, workers and visitors will be able to use this type of transportation as a complement to others and as an agilizer and community identity generator

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

The team is: Electrical Engineer Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering M.S. in Computer Science M.S. in Chemistry B.S. in Actuarial Science B.S. in Telematics B.S. in Computational Systems Consultant

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $250,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

The requested funding will be used for the construction of a working prototype consisting of the following subsystems, Electric System, Electronic System, Mechanic System, Telecommunication System, Security System, Navigation System, Telemetry System, Software

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Once the prototype be built, in a testing phase we will validate different modules using tests in unmanned scenarios. Afterwards, manned tests will be carried out. We intend to invite investors to fund the idea so Michigan City would become one of the first places with wide-spread use of this technology.

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

In order to measure the success of the trial phase we will take into consideration the safe transportation of a person between two places in the city. We will compare travel time versus other options, as well as the creation and execution of intelligent routes and . We will also evaluate the safety of people in flight and on the earth (in the flight route).

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

We plan to invite investors in order to create a mass product. These vehicles can be either sold or rented. Our goal is to make these vehicles as popular as cars, subway or aircrafts.


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Quetzalt xyz Thank you for posting! This mode of transport definitely seems like it would be a convenient and comfortable way to get around. What do you think the timing of implementation would be? Would this be able to be deployed in the current transportation system? Or would adjustments have to be made to account for take off and landing?

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I estimate the adequate time for the complete implementation would be in two years, or before. The final product would take this time, reach the prototype half a year but the adequate time can be defined by the current transport market, this transport is intended to be complementary and I believe it can be developed in the current transport system with some small adaptations to the existing spaces such as parking lots, bus stops, helipads, roofs, etc., since it has the capacity for vertical ascent and descent the space that it would have to take off or land are small spaces, in addition to AI(Artificial Intelligence) sensors and software that allow people, or diverse objects to be detected, of course you have to consider having dedicated spaces to reduce risks, but in the current transport system it could be complementary by taking the following considerations not interfering with current aviation routes and initially flying over As road areas intended for the purpose of building trust, the starting point and destination are the property of the user, but the route is determined by system, as the adaptation of technology urban transformation can be more comfortable and accessible for this product.

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Quetzalt xyz Thank you for your response! I'm also curious about how your solution ties in to our challenge question and opportunity areas:

The Challenge Question:
How might we improve mobility for residents, workers, and visitors of the Michigan Central Station Impact Area today while also preparing for the future of the area?

Opportunity Areas:
Improve Access to Mobility Information
Make Mobility More Affordable
Build an Inviting Environment
Connect People, Places, and Opportunities

I can clearly see how your solution can connect people and places in the future. What current unmet need in the impact area do you think that this solution would address? What segment of the population would be served by this solution? Are there any other opportunity areas that this solution addresses? Thank you again for the information!

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The segment of the population that would be served is the middle class, although potentially anyone who can acquire this type of vehicle for personal use or pay for a trip as public transportation, currently a large part of the population cannot afford to travel in vehicles such as helicopters. This solution aims to further popularize short and medium-distance air travel, the unmet needs that I can point are: reducing transport time, reducing short-distance air travel costs, avoiding everyday traffic jam, besides this solution allows you to disregard driving or maneuvering , moving more effectively in certain scenarios such as crossing lakes or snow weather, in the other hand this idea prevents users from having to rely on large and expensive infrastructure projects to improve mobility and have efficient transportation. Some other areas of opportunity may be as emergency services, expediting the delivery of products and / or services.
I think that either by this proposal or by some other this is the step that has to be taken to improve mobility in our cities, this project can motivate the area to be one of the first regions to design and have a city a space of future, where it is like other technologies can live together and are for everyday use, a place where this product would be massively produced and used, to the inhabitants a complementary means of mobility, to workers a potential project generating jobs and visitors a striking incentive to try this means of transport and see it in the historical context of being an iconic place of what mobility represents in our society.