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Hope, dream and a prayer

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The root of all mobility issues is resources.  Here in Michigan we have some of the highest insurance rates, excluding many people from owning a personal vehicle. This means we have many people relying on public transportation, ride sharing, or commercial transportation.  Public transportation has improved over the last few years, but there is still a lot of inefficiencys that lead to longer waits and higher costs.  With both automated driving and better resource sharing technology we can cut down on these inefficiency to offer a better mobility solution for the future.

Automated driving and better resource sharing combined could one day bring the single mass transit that our city has lacked.  Automated driving cuts costs of needing a driver in a vehicle.  Good resource sharing allows you to have the data you need to optimize routes and funds in real time to cut costs and decrease wait times.  Imagine in the future one vehicle owned by John driving  him to work in the morning at 7am, taking Mellisa to work at 8am subsidized by her employer, picking Johns kids for school at 9am, taking Jim to the doctor at 10am subsidized through their health provider, taking Erica to lunch at 11, dropping of lunch and groceries to Tom at 12, doctor pickup for Jim at 1, delivering a package at 1:30,taking kids to after school program at 2;then coming right back to pick up Jim at 3 to take him to meet with his financial advisor to discuss what to do with the extra money he made from sharing his vehicle.  This future is one for all and all for one.

  The future starts today with our proposal to help Ford transform Corktown into the new mobility capital for generations to come.  We will partner with Ford to help build out the last mile vehicle of the 21st century.  We will partner with Microsoft, the City of Detroit, the state of Michigan to help create a platform to optimize resources.  We will continue working with the community to help face the problems of today as we build the solution for the future.  Together as one we will build the future of mobility.

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

Residents- the first thing I would keep with the residents is a open line of communication. This will be needed to address transportation gaps in the area. Talking with local teachers there is a challenge getting kids to and from school. Workers- With the platform I am really hoping to help bridge the gaps in the Michigan works talent connect in mobility, affordable training and sustainability Visitors-The visitor experience is very important for economic growth of the area. The key here is to give them a safe and fun experience. Well I do have a few surprises in mind. One of the keys here is having friendly well trained staff.

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)

I have implemented last mile delivery and ride sharing solutions in Detroit the past. Key things I have realized is everyone is different, so a effective solution addresses everyone’s needs. Murphy’s law is always in place.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

My team consists of software developers, mechanics, engineers, drivers, community members, problem solvers, young and old.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • Yes

Funding Request

  • $250,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Well this to depends on how the money is split and the kings wishes. The first priority is take care of the community from the start. So I would allocate half the money to Ford transit vans, driver, dispatcher, gas and mechanical costs. The rest of the budget is going into engineering the software and vehicle component prototypes(in house).

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

In the pilot phase multiple things need to be done. 1. Help fill transportation gaps in the community 2. Start addressing commercial transportation experience on Michigan Ave.

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

1. How happy is the community 2. Are milestones being reached that continue to fund the project

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Uber, lift and Wework really hurt the bleed money while telling investors it’s ok we are a tech company model. This means we will have to be sustainable. Though not explained well in this piece the software will help allocate funding for the community rides( also this will fall under a non profit). The commercial side will have suffice to funding and revenue.


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Alexander Wilson Great to see your proposal! It sounds like you want to create a system of transit vans that help with the transportation of both goods and people, is that correct? Can you tell me a little bit more about the software that you hope to develop and the vehicle components that you would prototype? Look forward to hearing more!

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Hello Mackenzie,

I apoligize, I did not see you had responded. Yes, initialy I would like to use the transit vans for the transportation of both goods and people. There is a need in the area that can be can be addressed on schedule with the transit vans. What I am proposing is close vendor relationship that helps Ford implement its service that ramps up to fully autonamous while meeting the needs today. The vehicle components have to do with serviceability, service capability, ride experience and manufacuting costs.

As for the software I will say this we are at the mature stage of the information age. I can buy a clone of Uber for about 20k (obivously this would not include scalibility). It is easy to make a good app, the challange is having the correct resources to provide a good cost efficient soloution. I have a profitable last mile delivery service implemented with a customer today covering Metro Detroit with multiple drivers(I would disclose in private as I am a professional).

In closing I would say this everyone of Fords competitors is monitoring your forum. Its not a competetive advantage if everyone has it.

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