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Ridesharing App

We aim to help the disabled overcome one of their largest challenges of mobility by creating a platform that works with rideshare company

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What problem does your idea solve?

Transportation can be difficult for people who have a wide variety of disabilities. Some disabled individuals aren’t able to drive themselves and others require specialized vehicles that are much more expensive than non-modified cars. This app allows disabled individuals to request rides from a service that operates similarly to Uber but is specialized for disabled people.

Explain your idea

An App that merges with a rideshare company like Uber. The app would allow the disabled to choose from drivers that own vehicles that can accommodate their transportation needs. The app would inform the drivers that the passenger is in need of additional resources and aid. The drivers could be additionally compensated through the company and the company through the federal aid programs.

Who benefits?

Our service provides wheelchair bound individuals with an easier way to be more mobile. It also eliminates the need for an expensive customized vehicle.

How is your idea unique?

Wheelchair bound individuals are usually left out of most traditional forms of public transportation and taxi services. Public buses are not always wheelchair accessible. Taxis and uber cars usually do not have wheelchair lifts or storage capabilities. In addition, our service has some drivers who have specialized medical training in helping people with various disabilities. Transportation is something that a lot of people take for granted. For fully able bodied people, something like going to the neighborhood supermarket requires simply getting into the car and driving a couple of miles. It’s something that most people never even have to think about. For disabled people with mobility issues, getting to the supermarket can be a real challenge. Our service seeks to improve on this problem and aid our mobility challenged neighbors in a simple, but necessary task that most of us take for granted.

Tell us more about you

This idea is the result of a week-long design drive administered by the Stanford HCI group (http://hci.stanford.edu). If chosen, we are happy to support the group that came up with this idea for implementation with our resources. We are researchers in human-computer interaction at the computer science department at Stanford and we have access to designers, programmers, and partner organizations.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

1. Our service needs to be much more full service than Uber. We take what can be labeled as a white glove approach to helping our passengers. Each rider may have specialized needs that require a driver to be more than simply a driver. Riders may need help out of their house and into the car. 2. Medical training in effectively helping disabled people would be required for our drivers. Physically helping people into a car or picking them up requires training to prevent injury. 3. In a traditional ride service like Uber, the only specification in obtaining rides is the number of passengers. Our service has to be able to match riders with a vehicle that is compatible with their individual needs.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Organizational Status

  • We are not formally registered but are a formal initiative through a school / university.

Idea Maturity

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

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There had been a number of issues with uber such as sexual assaults and robberies, what would make this app be any different or steps you would take to avoid these incidents from happening? There are already so many PCAs who take advantage of the vulnerability, what makes a stranger from being any different.

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That is an excellent question Jackie!