In the beginning of the Entrepreneurship course i pitched an idea of a fuel consumption and traffic management app that helps you manage your commute in a sustainable way. I decided to attend yesterday a lunch lecture titled Megatrends in the transport systems organised by the Integrated Transport Research Lab(ITRL). The speaker was Dr Anna Pernestål who is a research manager at ITRL
In summary she talked about efficiency that is required in transportation, the idea of connectivity and automation. They believe that in an automated and connected shared mobility systems that can be more attractive than owning a private car.
After the presentation I approached some of the representatives from ITRL to ask about my venture idea. I managed to talk to the deputy director of ITRL about if normal commuters would want to be able to check their fuel consumption from their commute and back. He thought that the idea was good and is possible to be implemented with the existing technology in vehicles. He encouraged me to look into a Swedish company who make logging modules that are mounted on the car to record such data. He further added that the app could be used to predict the fuel consumption of a compute if the topology of the road is known and a good estimate of the stops can be obtained.
I also approached 3 master students of vehicle engineering and they gave almost the same feedback. They thought it was a great idea and could be useful in improving our driving style and better managing our travelling plans. I also approached a nurse who commutes to work every day and I asked her if she would want to know how much fuel she usually use per day. I also asked her if she would be interested in saving her fuel from each commute. I explained to her my idea and she wasn’t so convinced. She however said she could be interested in knowing how long the fuel left in her car will last her.
Overall I received good feedback about the fuel consumption and traffic management app. I wouldn’t change the idea but could incorporate some of the proposals i received from my consultations.