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Ride. Deliver. Transport. EVERYTHING.

Vehicles that transport EVERYTHING. EFFICIENTLY.

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The basic idea is simple: Efficiency.

We should not have to have a fleet of vehicles that ONLY transport passengers or a fleet that ONLY transports people. This is just another reason for traffic, congestion, and pollution. There is no reason that we can not efficiently deliver people and packages around a city with all of today's data systems. 

I would like to see vehicles capable of moving EVERYTHING around a city and see how much traffic & congestion is reduced by this.  

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

All things delivered; Packages, pizza, and people.

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)

Me, myself, and I. Read to meet like minded individuals ready to change the world...or at least Grand Rapids.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

I think Ford has the ball rolling with this concept but it may be a bit of a mash up between their autonomous delivery vehicles and self driving cars.

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

If we start to see businesses using our service for delivery, people moving around downtown quickly and efficiently, and less traffic & congestion overall, this should be considered a success. I would hope a successful Grand Rapids pilot would open up new markets to our concept.

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Hi Aaron: Thanks for the proposal. Grand Rapids has approved a pilot or demonstration for an autonomous shuttle (https://www.grandrapidsmi.gov/Shortcut-Content/News-Media/City-joins-public-private-coalition-to-bring-autonomous-vehicles-to-GR). Other proposals on this forum have been for moving people (for example, your proposal here: https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/goto/challenge/grand-rapids/quick-karts) or products (https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/grand-rapids/propose/udelv-autonomous-delivery-vans). But, you are suggesting a vehicle that moves both people and products. Is such a vehicle in production? Can you say more about how the logistics would work for the delivery of both people and products?

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Hi Tom,

I did see the May Mobility announcement recently. VERY exciting!

I believe a vehicle that moves both people and products is essential to resolving some of the traffic and logistical issues we are facing. I believe certain vehicles currently in production (Ford Transits mainly) would suffice for a pilot/trial period but a new vehicle should be developed if the concept proves worthy.

The app would be written with the expectation to help connect people from A to B that similar package routes is also already on. (Similar to Uber's Pool feature)

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