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sAVe: A Citizen-centered Mobility Solution

The following is a project description of IBI’s ‘sAVe’ submission to the NYC Driverless Future Competition. The submission, which was comprised of a multi-disciplinary team across IBI offices is one of four finalists presenting on July 11, 2017. Check out the video submission!

The New York City transportation system is in crisis. It cost too much to maintain and takes too long to build new lines. Our goal is to allow this complex system to function in a simple way. With sAVe, we are interested in a technology that impacts people. We are committed to having an accessible city that brings the opportunity for New Yorkers to take advantage of all the resources the city has to offer.

“The beauty of sAVe is that it addresses issues around affordability and accessibility that are exemplified in New York but that are also being experienced in cities around the globe.” – Jill Mackay, Senior Associate at IBI, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Group

As young residents of New York City, we see driverless cars as an opportunity to resolve one of the cities’ growing problems: choosing between affordability and ease of transportation when finding a place to call home. sAVe provides an immediate solution for this concern and we will utilize the New Lab to develop the app for city-wide use. It is a citizen-centered mobility solution that connects the positive benefits of new Autonomous Vehicle technology to demonstrate what can be done for the citizens of New York and beyond.

We believe AVs can serve as a tool that supports accessibility for all New Yorkers and creates a less isolated city. To do that, we created a dialogue between the existing and the new, we propose a subscription service that is integrated with the current MTA fare system.

“Don’t underestimate the cultural significance of AVs. They present real potential for social change.” – Nathalie Waelbroeck, Project Designer at IBI Group

sAVe is a shuttle service that incentivizes ride sharing through the use of restricted service zones and rewards points. It is a comprehensive trip planning app that integrates AVs, the MTA, deliveries and private partnerships. As a data driven app, these service zones can be adjusted to suit user needs. And just as an HOV lane encourages carpooling for commuters to save time, by coordinating with the DOT and the MTA we can analyze demand ahead of time so that we provide the solution. By gathering the data sAVe can supplement subway shutdowns and system maintenance, like the L line.

How are we making the city healthier and less isolated? Here are the benefits:

  • Affordable apartments with an easier commute
  • Less isolation for disabled New Yorkers
  • Transforming streetscape into green space
  • Utilizing AVs to supplement the subway system during maintenance

Housing prices continue to increase beyond reasonable measures and locals continue to be pushed further and further from the central core. According to Bloomberg, 48% of New Yorkers struggle financially, and for many, moving to the boroughs is their only option. However, to make matters worse, superstorm Sandy has critically damaged most transit infrastructures connecting Manhattan to these very boroughs. Resolving this problem will require more than just a maintenance facelift, we need another revolutionary idea and we need one that will focus on the true problems at hand. Like the inception of the subway, this isn’t only about advancing technology, but about improving transit for disenfranchised New Yorkers and jump starting a new cultural revolution.

“Autonomous vehicles are the inevitable future of human transportation. We must be proactive in our transition to best serve not just commuters but all citizens.” – Duane Sibilly, Software Developer at IBI

New York City’s population is expected to grow to over 9 million by 2040 and this population growth is going to cause a densification in the boroughs. This means more and more people will be living and working in the boroughs and with that in mind, it is important that the city starts to explore ways to quickly supplement and support its current infrastructure.

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There is a trend in New York City whereby major transit movements are pushed only after major weather events or catastrophes. Let us not wait for that moment to come, let us preemptively and affordably resolve our transit woes before the residents of New York must suffer again.

This competition has framed the opportunity for our group to come together and solve this issue offering a master planned solution. The IBI Group TH!NK team includes a diverse group of individuals from New York City and beyond. Passionately motivated by our local experience, we set out to resolve the New York City transportation problems that we live with daily. We leveraged our knowledge in urban design and planning, building and landscape architecture, engineering, advanced transportation management and traffic systems, real estate analysis, communications specializations, and software development to ensure that we not only created the best solution for today, but also created the right solution for tomorrow.

The sAVe Team is comprised of Adriana Davis, Meriem Sakrouhi, Nathalie Waelbroeck, Duane Sibilly, Matt Clementson, Drew Lager, and Jill Mackay

Click here to view the other entry from IBI Group, 17CP.

Adriana Davis

Adriana Davis is an architectural designer in IBI’s New York City office, with a focus on housing design and affordability. One of her passions is to bring affordability back to New York City and its greater area. She is also a member of IBI’s Ageless Living group, concentrating on creating intergenerational living that can benefit all stages of life. In her spare time, she can be found taking photos of her dog and working on architecture competitions – always with several cups of coffee on her desk.

Meriem Sakrouhi

Meriem is an architectural designer in IBI's New York City office. After finishing high school in Morocco, she studied architecture in Barcelona. In 2013 she transferred to Chicago's College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she subsequently graduated. She believes that architecture is a powerful tool that showcases human feelings and emotions, and is interested in using innovation to create a positive, impactful and bold transformation that builds these experiences to everyone.

Nathalie Waelbroeck

Nathalie is a project designer in IBI's New York City office. She studied at Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Architecture and three minors in International Studies, Environmental Inquiry and Sustainability Leadership. Coming from a multi-cultural background, Nathalie believes that by designing with technology and sustainability in mind we can build spaces that not only grow and evolve with the public, but that help the public evolve with their environment.

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