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Pedals to Pennies

What if you were rewarded for just being a good driver with no crashes or collisions or damage to your car?

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This is similar to my "Paces to Pennies" app idea, but this is dedicated to the drivers more than the walkers. However, those who have a car can apply for both "Pedals to Pennies" and "Paces to Pennies" since you become a walker once you're out of your vehicle. Anyways, the reason of how an app can help innovate driving and traffic can be by people having a more fluent psychological mindset in terms of "if I want to earn more, then I should do/act better". 

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

By doing simple tasks like making sure you do not immediately drive off once turning on your car instead it letting it wait for a few seconds or even making sure your car is in perfect condition or parking in 1.5 to 2 parking spaces instead of 1 to even making sure you stop at every red light and not ignoring them while eating a hot dog, since I do see that happen a lot (excluding the hotdog) and that causes some collisions sadly, then you can make it to the point you are doing what you are rightfully as supposed to do as a driver while making sure that there are fewer car crashes on the road.

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)

I do not have a team created or an organization that helped me think of this idea. I thought about this idea/app (along with different variations of this app for different types of people like a possible Pokemon version app based on your driving) for several months before I knew about the COTC and never knew how to operate further from there, to be honest, but I mostly just need to explain it a little bit better, to be honest. This also explains why I am submitting this idea as an individual.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The first thing to piloting this idea would be to learn how to create apps that are dedicated to this type of program and service. It can range from taking days to a few months based on one's experience, but it can be done since there are many different types for many different situations and vehicles like for cars compares to busses and trucks. When it comes to how the app is generating money, then I was thinking of finding a way to program a stable financial/cash generator that only operates only for the app and nowhere else.

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

The success of this pilot would be based on how many are willing to test this app, along with variations of this app, to make things better and easier for people to financially manage and even help who are willing to do better while on the road as well. I know some would say that they are an excellent driver, but there are some flaws they may not know about that can be improved on when the road. This is, and can, also determined by how many are also willing to be more active when outside on the roads, streets, and highways, that you are earning what you actually put the pedal to the metal.

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Photo of Diana Avart
Team

Hi Lew,

Thanks so much for the submission! In my experience, incentives for small, everyday changes can be quite successful in creating real change so this could really help to promote safe driving and walking.

To help make your submission a little more eye-catching, I would recommend adding an image/photo. Please make sure you make this update and any other necessary edits by the Propose Phase deadline at 4:00pm EST.

- Diana, Facilitator

Photo of Lew Sterling
Team

Diana Avart - You are very welcome for the submission. Good that you agree on changes can become successes when it comes to the public. Sorry for the delay of this message and my apologies for not uploading an image on time; I was getting ready for an image, but I was trying to make sure my laptop did not overheat again while I was updating everything for this COTC proposal.

P.S. How can I submit more proposals for the Refine Phase? For some odd reason, it is not letting me do so.

Photo of Diana Avart
Team

Hi Lew,

While we are no longer accepting new proposals (all proposals needed to be submitted by the October 10th Propose Phase deadline), now is the time to engage with the Semi-finalists. We encourage you to comment on the Semi-finalists’ posts to help develop the ideas - especially if you are a resident of Pittsburgh and can offer insider knowledge.

- Diana, Facilitator

Photo of Lew Sterling
Team

Hi Diana Avart 
Understood on submissions. I will relook and see if i liked any of the semi-finalists hat were chosen for Pittsburgh. Thanks again.