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CARBIN: A smart GPS navigation app with a heartbeat monitor for the road and vehicle.

Redefining smart navigation by making driving safer and greener in the world of existing infrastructure or roads and cars.

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Carbin is a crowd-sourced app that has the potential to (1) improve traffic flow, (2) reduce CO2 emissions, and with its behavioral analysis of drivers in response to road conditions and its preventive maintenance approach to tell drivers what it wrong with the suspension or tires in their vehicle (3) make driving safer and cheaper. Drivers will benefit from $$$ savings (lower fuel consumption and reduced damage to their vehicles), while our communities from significant CO2 reductions. In addition, cities will be able to use Carbin’s traffic and road quality data to maximize performance of their road network systems. Lastly, Carbin’s network level behavioral, traffic and road quality data form a critical input for safe and efficient deployment of autonomous vehicles around cities. 

All this with just measurements using a smartphone or a tablet.

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

Carbin app is an alternative to google or apple maps, while also offering the option of collecting data without navigation. Any driver who is familiar with using GPS phone apps could be the user of the app. However, in order to reach the network level impact that we need to accomplish 3 stages of our vision, we will need a dedicated set of drivers that constantly use navigation for driving. This should either be cab/ridesharing (Uber or Lyft) companies or delivery drivers (i.e. USPS, UPS, Amazon etc.) who regularly use company provided navigation. Carbin would provide an SDK code that would be added directly to their app. The code would send anonymous data of just GPS coordinates and acceleration values in 3 directions to Carbin's web infrastructure system for real-time analysis to provide immediate feedback to the users.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users
  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We have tested the app with 1000+ individual users in multiple countries and a delivery business with 10 truck drivers this past summer. This allowed as to identify multiple software related issues as well as challenges associated with user behavior of using the cell phone while driving. In the end, we were able to resolve most of the issues, we decided to build an SDK model and narrowed down the list of go-to-clients who can help accelerate the process to achieving our 3 stage vision.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

We are a team of 6 with backgrounds in civil/mechanical/electrical/environmental engineering and computer science. Carbin is an outcome of research from MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub Lab (https://cshub.mit.edu/who-we-are) in collaboration with other universities. For more information on our team please visit www.fixmyroad.us/about and www.carbinapp.com

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Funding of $100k will help us complete 6-12 months city-wide program necessary to collect data to release a system that will improve traffic flow, reduce CO2 emissions, and make driving safer and cheaper. 50-55% will be used to cover web infrastructure costs of data collection, storage and analytics. 5-10% will be used for admin and marketing costs, while the remaining part of funds will be used to help us complete development of a fully automatic app that could also be used offline.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The Challenge will help us establish a pilot at the city scale, which is critical to be able to measure the impact that Carbin can create at the community level. We want to work with committed to making a difference ridesharing and delivery companies, as well as daily drivers to collect enough data to (1) improve traffic flow, (2) reduce CO2 emissions, and (3) make driving safer and cheaper. In the end we will be able to offer drivers and companies quantifiable insights on where to drive to reduce fuel consumption, increase comfort of driving, minimize damage to their vehicles (tires and suspension), but most importantly improve drivers’ safety and help cities reduce CO2 emissions. Funding will help us with covering the costs associated with the analysis, improvement of the application and necessary marketing needed to reach the users.

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

Measure of our success splits into 3 distinct phases. 1. Number of miles analyzed, which we use for road quality information. We need at least 80% of all roads to make accurate predictions. 2. Number of users, which we use for behavioral and traffic analysis. We need between about 5% of all drivers in the city, to make accurate predictions. The first two stages will need to be accomplished before we can reach the third phase: 3. Fuel consumption/vehicle repair costs/number of car insurance claims. With the exception, of gallons decrease in fuel consumption per mile (and associated CO2 reductions at the city level) this phase will be difficult to measure, as it would require input not just from the user, but also third parties. In addition, we are going to be able to measure our success, by establishing partnership with the local government that through 3 phases will recognize the value of our data and use it for allocating more efficiently budget to infrastructure repair

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Carbin will be a data company and as such will create its revenues from ANALYZED data. Completing a city-scale pilot will allow us to understand the economic value of that data and approach enterprises whose drivers and vehicles operate outside of the city limits, at the state, country or even international scale to provide them with data that will save them money with reduced fuel consumption and lower repair costs as well as CO2 savings.

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