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CLEVR personal electric mobility as an integrated part of public transit

A new public transit alternative for smart cities that solves the first/last mile problem responsibly while generating revenue for the city

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CLEVR Mobility works directly with cities to deploy free-floating kickscooters and e-bikes as an integrated extension of public transit systems. CLEVR functions as a full turnkey operator and provides the city with a share in the revenue while the city retains real-time regulatory control over vehicles that are branded as part of their transit system. Cities are concerned about the costs of managing and enforcing the emerging dockless programs. Our platform removes undue burden from the cities and citizens and shifts from reactive enforcement to intelligent compliance and management.

CLEVR is  built for operationally efficient fleet deployment, real-time control and management, and is composed of the following elements:

- Fleet Grade LEVs - an e-bike and an electric kickscooter that are designed and built for fleet use. The kickscooter is a 3-wheel vehicle that offers greater stability and is more universally approachable for all skill levels and age groups.

- CLEVR Nav enhanced GPS - Precise real time GPS tracking and control of vehicles within 3' accuracy and ability to geofence designated areas & control vehicle speed over-the-air.

- CLEVR Power (Battery as a Service) - Smart modular battery designed to seamlessly operate both CLEVR vehicles.

- CLEVR App & Command Center - White label app for users to interact with the fleet vehicles and a cloud connected command center that enables fleet operators to manage their batteries & vehicles in real time.

CLEVR represents the smart evolution of dockless shared micro-mobility operations like Bird & Lime. CLEVR Mobility was founded out of a passion for trying to solve the urban transportation challenges that are the product of global population growth and urban densification. The rise of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as a flexible alternative to traditional modes of transport has truly opened the door to innovative first/last mile solutions. We believe that intelligent use of technology can avoid unnecessary friction between operators intent on rapidly disrupting personal transportation and the cities that need to balance change with the inherent liabilities and burdens that often come with those changes. In fact, rather than trying to manage the haphazard deployment of dockless last mile e-mobility, we believe cities should be investing in this form of transit themselves - it is a much lower cost investment than larger projects like rail, and offer the potential for revenue while addressing critical transportation and congestion issues. This approach enables cities to offer the service to commuters as part of the transit eco-system while also ensuring equitable deployment and access to all neighborhoods and socio-economic groups.

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

The user base for CLEVR's mobility platform is very broad. The kickscooter is a 3-wheeled design which offers inherent stability and is easy to ride for all ages and skill levels. Similarly, the pedal assist e-bike offers an alternative that is active yet provides assistance for terrain and varying climates. In the same way that other means of public transit are meant to be as universal as possible, CLEVR's vehicles are a first/last mile extension that will help users get to transit hubs more conveniently. Commuters, students, tourists and recreational users will all benefit and the city will benefit from a reduction in car use, congestion and pollution.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

The CLEVR management team consists of the following people: Chrisitan Scheder, CEO & Co-founder Alex Nesic, COO & Co-founder Dr Kirill Mostov, CTO & Co-founder Red Smith, CFO Bios of the team can be found in the attached presentation. Our website is www.clevrmobility.com

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The initial deployment would consist of approximately 500-1000 CLEVR scooters branded with Grand Rapids transit and operated by CLEVR Mobility. The $100K funding would be put toward hiring locally based workforce to manage the pilot, non-recurring costs to integrate the platform into Grand Rapids transit systems, and community outreach to build awareness of the program. Beyond the initial deployment, CLEVR would continue and expand the program based on need and demand. Revenue would be generated by usage of the fleet devices, and CLEVR would pay Grand Rapids a monthly fee per device to continue the service. The typical revenue generated by this type of shared mobility approx $20-$30 per day per device.

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

Success of the pilot would quite simply be measured by sustainable usage of deployed vehicles (ex, 5-7 rides per day) and responsible operation and control of the fleet in partnership with Grand Rapids. Certain key revenue benchmarks can also be used to measure success. Secondary measurements would also include demonstrating that ridership of existing transit options (like the Rapid) was positively impacted by deployment of CLEVR vehicles.

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Thanks for adding your proposal to the City of Tomorrow Challenge. I'm one of the facilitators on the forum. It sounds like you're distinguishing CLEVR from other dockless ebike and escooter systems by the local control that you offer. Is that correct?

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Hi Tom,
Yes that is part of it - we aim to be a true public/private partnership with as much integration as possible into existing public transit systems to help increase overall use. The other differentiator is on the hardware/software side; none of the other operators have the type of precision GPS location accuracy that CLEVRNav has (typical competitors' accuracy is 30+ ft) which enables intelligent pinpoint control over deployed vehicles (limiting sidewalk riding for example). Our 3-wheel fleet grade scooter is also much more universally approachable and designed for this specific use - not a consumer grade device being deployed with minor retrofits.