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Partner BlueIndy with local shopping businesses to reduce the costs of car sharing for lower-income residents.

Partner BlueIndy with local shopping businesses to reduce the costs of car sharing for lower-income residents.

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Eugene commented on BlueIndy 2.0

Hi Robert. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I imagine there's a spectrum for each of those target users that you mentioned, e.g. mobility challenged, elderly, etc. For those who still maintain a legal driver's license, using a personal vehicle and a service like BlueIndy would still be desirable. For those who can't operate a vehicle by themselves, I've seen a several proposals in this forum that target that need and I'm excited to hear more about them as the challenge progresses. Robert, feel free to reach out with further thoughts or collaborative efforts. Thanks.

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Eugene commented on BlueIndy 2.0

Hi Jasmine. Thanks for your response.

For participating businesses, if it's a chain store like Kroger or CVS, than I imagine it would be all locations within the city. For "mom-and-pop" stores, you would just be limited to that particular location.

As far as opportunities with ride-share services, I think it's understanding the characteristics of Indianapolis and the primary use case. With Indianapolis currently being a lower density area, shopping needs may be more spread out across multiple locations. So using ride share apps like Uber or Lyft, would require several requests for rides, unloading and reloading shopping bags at each successive stop. This may be too much of a pain and expense, making a personal vehicle more effective as a product for doing the job. With all this being said, there needs to be more research done in regards to the target user and the various use cases.