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Savaary is a community-based project which envisages a cleaner environment in major metropolitan cities in India by bringing a change in the way people commute on road. It aims to reduce the pollution, traffic congestion and energy consumption. The social problems are a) Pollution (air): India emits more than 6% of the global carbon emissions which is about 2 Gt CO2. And the growing transport sector accounts for more than 9% of total emissions. Metros are highly polluted due to the addition of 1000s of vehicles every day. b) Traffic congestion: The economic development has led to the sudden growth of private vehicles without adequate growth in infrastructure (roads & bridges) causing traffic congestions. The vehicles further pollute during the slow movement of the traffic & during traffic jams. c) Energy consumption: The transport sector in India is run on fossil fuels (petrol, diesel). Despite depleting fossil fuels, the energy consumption is inefficient by driving vehicles with empty seats.
Savaary project: Savaary project is aimed to address all the three environmental problems. It'll maximize the utilization of the private cars (for e.g. 5/car instead just 1) by making it a semi-public transport. The idea is, a ‘Savaary’ member can share their empty seats in his/her car with fellow ‘Savaary’ members, who are travelling in the same route. Hence, the no of private cars will be reduced by sharing rather if everyone chooses to drive a vehicle independently. This is not car pooling, because the ‘Savaary’ user, won't need to find their ‘rider/passenger’ pre-planned. It won't need the help of smart phone.
How? Savaary will match the riders & passengers of the same route via SMS in real-time and alert them when they come closer to each other. The rider will display the ‘route no’ on the car for easy identification. The riders & passengers identify themselves using 'Savaary' smart card which will be issued after background verification. Therefore, both the riders and passengers can have a fair degree of trust between them. Passengers will buy pre-paid coupons to use this service & riders will get redeemable Savaary Carbon Credits after giving a ride. All users will pay a nominal fee for the smart card.