Last week I visited Bangalore for the third annual Volvo Sustainable Mobility Award ceremony. This year, we had more than 50 high quality contributions from research groups, non-governmental organizations, as well as, individuals. The jury included myself, Mr. Vinay Rao, Mrs. Geetam Tiwari and Mr. Medhav Pai.
With the high level of outstanding submissions we received, the decision to select the winner certainly wasn’t easy. Like last year, we came into the conclusion to award several projects due to their unique contributions to sustainable mobility. After three jury meetings, we agreed on two to share the winning place and one as the runner-up.
The shared winning place was awarded to:
Manica Aggarwall, Swati Jain, Nittin Arora; Real time bus arrival information system
The project is aimed to provide users with real-time bus schedule and operation information to give people the opportunity to plan their journey. State-of-the-art algorithms have been implemented, such as, estimated time of arrival and route finder. The service was launched both on the web and as an application found in the Google Play store for android mobile phone users. The system has received positive feedback from users.
Harman Singh Sidhu; ArriveSAFE; To reduce the number of road crashes due to drunk driving
The objective of the project is to reduce the number of road crashes due to drunk driving in the North Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. The outcome of the project directly or indirectly affects almost 20 million people. The project includes several targeted actions: i) removal of liquor shops along the National and State highways, ii) enforcement by the concerned agencies to undertake regular checks of drunk driving, iii) raising awareness among road users on road safety aspects, with particular focus on drunk driving. iv) ensuring resources from related agencies to carry out these campaigns and sustain the initiative.
The runner-up place was awarded to:
Navdeep Asia; EcoCabs: Dial-a-Rickshaw
This project has two related objectives. It aims to both promote cycle rickshaws as an affordable means of sustainable urban transport, especially for shorter distances, and focus on strengthening the existing unorganized network of cycle rickshaws. The project includes four main initiatives: i) improving and increasing the accessibility of cycle rickshaws to citizens (mainly senior citizens and women), ii) providing a reliable low carbon mobility solution for short trips, iii) improving the livelihood opportunities and promoting the well-being of cycle rickshaw operators and iv) promoting the cycle rickshaw as a sustainable connection to any mass rapid transit system as opposed to cars as an alternative.
I was very impressed with the high level of the submissions, which made my jury service most rewarding. There is truly a lot to learn from the innovative solutions created in the rapidly developing transport sector of India. I was very proud to be a part of such an inspirational experience.
Read more about the event here.