Hardware Accelerator Team Develops New Autonomous Vehicle Technology
There are currently many forms of commercial transportation available, but a majority of people still use personal vehicles to get from Point A to Point B whether that be because of convenience, expense, or reliability.
YNot Bike, a 2018 Rev’s Hardware Accelerator team, is leveraging autonomous technology on bicycles to provide a more convenient and energy-efficient transportation options. Many people use inconvenient or inefficient transport options during the first and last mile of their commute. People end up walking the last 10 to 15 minutes from a train, bus station, or across a college campus, for example.
Team members Alex Hatzis, Evan Fischoff, Duff Klaber, Sam Spallone, Woocheol Hyun, Eldar Slobodyan, Will Murphy, and Daniel Glus met while studying at Cornell University and are focused on combating the first and last mile problem to create a more seamless transportation experience. YNot Bike’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption in the transportation industry by exploring energy-efficient, “smart” augmentations of vehicles.
“We’re passionate about this innovation because we want to take as many cars off the road and produce other options that are more convenient modes of transportation,” said Murphy.
Discovering new ways to conserve energy has become increasingly important in people’s lives, and more sophisticated technology could make green transportation options more viable.
“We hope this technology can open people’s eyes to the different advantages and applications of autonomous, electric vehicles,” said Murphy.
YNot Bike is excited to be a part of the Hardware Accelerator and hopes to gain valuable expertise from entrepreneurs and improve their prototype in Rev: Ithaca Startup Work’s state-of-the-art lab. They also wish to gain a deeper understanding of their customer base and understand how to strategically apply their technology.
YNot Bike recently won one of three prizes for Cornell University’s Engineering Innovation Award and earlier this year won first prize at the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition. After the Hardware Accelerator, the team hopes to continue to gain momentum by starting pilot programs and further advancing the capabilities of their prototype.
YNot Bike will present their prototype and progress with their business plans on August 9th, 2018 at Rev’s Hardware Accelerator Demo Day.