Sleep, uncertainty stress, and safety are important
Customer support: eliminate nightmares
Mid-day stranding: mtngs, lunch, shop
PM Stranding: want “no penalty” emergency ride home
Good commute: “time went fast.”
How to grow pilot routes?
Work with existing carpool flow vectors
Have fixed carpools also make dynamic pickups
“Practice” by picking up “ghosts.”
Get a couple of folks together (commuters)
Grow circle to 5 drivers and 5 riders on a route
Avego: help with phones & guaranteed ride home
10 people can change the world
Grow from 10 people, add routes.
Avego Shared Transport
Mapflow (parent): 40 person company. Congestion charging in London. Maps (GIS). Tracking cars (GPS)
Avego division mission: reduce SOV
(SOV: single occupancy vehicle)
Shared Transport: iPhone instant carpooling
http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =PgTNK85bG_k
Integrates with vanpools, traditional carpools, buses.
$12M in venture capital
iPhone software on Apple AppStore
Very difficult to succeed (hurry up Peak!)
Long, multiyear campaign
We don’t know what will work (try stuff!)
Pilot project at a 20,000-student university
Campus shuttle bus system is integrated
Futurefleet “coach bus” pilot project.
Steve Raney bio
Launch consultant for Avego
ULTra personal rapid transit (London Heathrow Airport)
3 masters: business, software, and transportation from Columbia, RPI, and Berkeley
Tech product research at Microsoft, Citigroup, and Silicon Valley start-ups
Proj Mgr for BART’s Group Rapid Transit study
Principal Investigator for the U.S. EPA’s "Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages" study
Author: 5 Transportation Research Board (TRB) papers
Patent: "wireless carpool assistant"
Conference presentations: TRB, Association for Commuter Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, Rail~Volution, Greenbuild Expo, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Housing California, and American Planning Association (California Chapter).