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Micro-mobility Mini Hub

Provide a sustainable solution for city to benefit most from the various micro-mobile options (e-scooters, e-bikes)

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The Problem: micro-mobile vehicles like e-scooters and e-bikes offer environmentally friendly and convenient solution for citizens to move around the city, and could be a great complimentary solution to mass transit. However, a sustainable solution is in dire need so city can benefit most from the new options with minimum side effect.

The Solution: A micro-mobility mini hub that can be easily placed near pubic place (bus/transit stop, park, roadside...etc.), business venue, on campus and/or residential and offer wireless charging capability to all sorts of micro-mobility options (rental/shared/privately owned e-scooters, e-bikes). Since all micro-mobile vehicles need to be charged, the prevalence of this easily-built-up infrastructure would enable city/service operator to provide incentive/regulation for users of these micro-mobile vehicles to park these vehicles properly when not in active use.   Thanks to its modular design, a Micro-Mobility Mini Hub could accommodate vehicle size anywhere from 1 to 10. 

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

1. Users of shared/privately owned e-scooters/e-bikes 2. Business venue that would like to attract customers with legitimate parking/charging option 3. Shared micro-mobility operators that would like to reduce its OPEX 4. City that would like to have a orderly and manageable parking solution for micro-mobility vehicles

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users
  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

The core technology has been tested by users and its excellent performance is well appreciated. The micro-mobility mini hub has yet been built and we would like to move on and build it with funding support from this challenge

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

SWR Technology Inc. is an innovative Mid-Distance Wireless Power solution provider for smart devices in the AIOT world. Our technology reduces battery usage for better care of the environment and changes the paradigm of how power is delivered in commercial, industrial, or consumer applications.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

The fund will be used to build 3 Micro-Mobility Mini Hub of 3 sizes: 1 /3 / 5 Material/Labor cost would be 35K Logistics/Setup/Maintenance cost within the 6 month pilot period would be 15K

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Phase 1: 3 months 1. Build up Micro-Mobility Mini-Hub to Pilot size 2. Collaborate with Shared e-scooters/e-bikes operator to adapt vehicles for pilot use and design incentives for users 3. Collaborate with city/community leaders to identify the best spots to place these pilot unit Phase 2: 2 weeks 1. On-site Setup at selected business venue and public place Phase 3: 2.5 months 1. Pilot data collection & analysis 2. Biweekly review meeting

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

The success of the project can be assessed from measurement of the following KPI (Key Performance Index): 1. Occupancy Duration of the Micro-Mobility Mini Hub 2. Occupancy Pattern of the Micro-Mobility Mini Hub 3. Electricity Consumption/Pattern of the Micro-Mobility Mini Hub

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes. Under city's regulatory guidance, we can work with transit agency, local businesses and shared mobility operators on cost saving sharing/ increased revenue sharing.

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Hey SHENGMING SHAN , this is MaCie' one of the online facilitators here! Thank you for participating in the challenge! This idea sounds super interesting and is addressing mobility of the future! What size do you imagine these mini hubs to be? the size of a shed or like major infrastructure? Also how will you ensure peoples property is safe and wont get stolen or tampered with? Lastly, will there be a cost to scooter owners to access the hub and its electricity?

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Thanks MaCie' for the comments.
1. Not a major infrastructure, but a modular design with each module at size of 50*50*70cm
2. Safety of the property: the module will come with mechanical design that allows people to lock e-bike/e-scooter onto. It also comes with authentication capability that could prevent unauthorized removal of e-bike/e-scooter.
3. Cost of access: the idea is to have business and city to sponsor the setup and operation of the hubs, so out of pocket cost for use to use the basic parking and charging services.