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Zero Emission, Equitable, Shared Automated Shuttle and Bus Rapid Transit System Proof of Concept/Pilot Addressing Legal Challenges of CAVs

Project Implementation - Determine routes, Obtain Prepayments from customers, Source vehicles, equipment and devices, organize stakeholders

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1. Increases reliable access to jobs. The problem that is being solved is a low skilled worker shortage. Lower skilled, lower income workers have access to mobility as a barrier to employment and upward mobility. Specifically workers who could take jobs in bars and restaurants cannot take the available positions because they have no way to get home after their shift ends (since bus service stops before their shift ends).

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

The electric shuttle picks up the rider from the location they specify, perhaps their residence and drops them off at the bus transit center. At the bus transit center they board a high capacity bus that drives at higher speeds, connecting to the transit center in the neighboring community. From there they take another shuttle to their employer. At the end of their work shift they take the reverse voyage back home.

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)

Benjamin Meza-Wilson is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, studying transportation planning. He also participated in interdisciplinary projects for classes in the business school, law school, school of the environment, and engineering. He earned Capstones from the Taubman College of Urban and Regional Planning in Sustainable Urban Reuse and Michigan Law in Connected and Automated Vehicles and Project Management Certificate from the U of M Center For Entrepreneurship.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Vehicle: $24,000 Hailing/sales App: $20,000 Charger: $6,000 Employee (driver/sales): $50,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Give rides cherry picking the highest demand times of day or special events where competitive services are inadequate or more expensive. With the vehicle and a way to interact with customers it becomes like an Uber or Lyft, but stays within a prescribed location, giving short distance rides, like between downtown and the transit center near the expressway.

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

Gross profit of $3,000 or greater per month per vehicle. Adding vehicles to address increase in the demand for service. The solution is flexible and scalable by adding vehicles, number of seats on vehicles and service hours to best match demand. If more customers want to use the service deployments will increase.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes, I have an Excel file with the financial pro forma and projections. Included is a Gantt chart for the project schedule, objectives and milestones.

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Hey Benjamin Meza-Wilson , this is MaCie one of the facilitators here! Thank you for participating in the challenge! I had challenges with this problem as well, when i was in school i worked at the mall, and if i closed the store i missed the last bus, which became very frustrating and often had to scavenge rides from other mall employees. I think the issue you are trying to address is more prominent than people think! You mentioned using the transit center for means of transfer for your riders, are you considering possibly collaborating/partnering with IndyGo maybe utilizing their facilities after hours? Also you mention being a competitor for Lyft and Uber, what would your pricing model look like? Last question i promise, in your rough budget you mentioned a charger, are you aiming to have your fleet be electric?