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Scott OsbergBy Scott Osberg
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Scott OsbergBy Scott Osberg
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$5,330
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 25 2016 1:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Green Driving Challenge

The enormity of fixing climate change boggles the mind. It’s so daunting, it seems there’s not much one person can do. Until now.

A new game, The Green Driving Challenge, makes it fun and easy to reduce your carbon footprint. The objective is to get better mileage than your car’s city and highway mileage ratings. It is like Fitbit for your driving. 

All you have to do is plug a scanner into your car’s data port, turn on your mobile device and head out on the road. The GDC app does the hard work. It collects driving data from your trips, crunches the numbers and yields personal, easy-to-read information. 

Read on, or check out this great review at Automoblog.net to learn more.

The team behind The Green Driving Challenge is committed to helping millions of drivers use less gas and reduce carbon emissions. Our eco-driving game is safe, responsive, engaging, and downright habit-forming. 

Most users will be delighted to watch their carbon footprints shrink. They’ll also be happy saving $150 to $300 a year on gas. 
 

So, what is eco-driving? Vehicle maintenance and anticipation, paying close attention to the roadway environment and to other vehicles are at its core. When possible, eco-drivers time their trips to avoid traffic congestion, they avoid unnecessary idling and rapid acceleration, and try to maintain reasonable and consistent speeds. It’s not difficult! The trick is to be consistent, and most players will reduce fuel use by 5 to 25%.

By playing the game, you'll learn why most truck drivers and millions of people all over the world are already eco-driving.

How It Works

After you initially plug the (provided) OBD scanner into your vehicle’s OBD port, using the GDC app is as easy as 1, 2, 3. 

First, press connect on the GDC app before you start a trip; second, hit the road; and, third,go to the website and check out how you've done.

The app uploads the trip data, evaluates the numbers and gives players crucial driving information, from dollars saved to improved MPG to carbon dioxide reductions.

OBD Scanner
OBD Scanner

It’s fun to get better gas mileage than your car’s MPG ratings. Players also can choose whether to join or form a team and whether to compete head-to-head against selected players.

Although GDC is played while driving, it is safe. One of the tenets of eco-driving is to pay close attention to the road, so the app does not allow players to check their progress during the trip. 

Your Trip Stats
Your Trip Stats

 Our Goal 

As of April 1, eight drivers had provided data from 1,315 trips covering 35,000 miles. They averted 1.8 tons of CO2 emissions and saved almost $500 by using less gas. As we gather data, we are polishing the prototype, building a team, and searching for others equally passionate about arresting climate change.

Your support will help us improve the game, refine the Android app and develop an iOS version.   

Funding Goal: $15,000

  • Web development of head-to-head and team competition 
  • Pilot testing the game
  • Analyze the data to improve individual coaching

Stretch Goal: $30,000

  • GDC will be made available for iOS systems
  • Game improvements based on your feedback

The Team

Scott Osberg and his partner, Sarah Stiles, founded MyClubEco, LLC, as a social enterprise to fight climate change, and they began building the Green Driving Challenge. 

Sarah, a sociology professor at Georgetown University, has long inspired students to set up businesses with social missions, to be more concerned about justice than profit. Scott devoted most of his career to traffic safety, an issue important to him after losing his teenage brother in a car crash. His growing frustration with the planet's environmental crisis prompted him to shift his focus to battling climate change. 

Scott and Sarah put their ideals and optimism into action, creating a game that makes it fun to go about the serious business of eco-driving. 
Sarah & Scott
Sarah & Scott

Rebecca Hinch, a 2015 University of Virginia graduate began as a test driver in 2014 and is now a full-time employee. Rebecca is involved in virtually all aspects of GDC and has been instrumental in bringing this real-world game to life. In the past year, three University of Virginia students have contributed as well, Sam Moore, Cameron Blandford, and Jake Mathews.

Scott, Sam, Rebecca, Jake and Cameron
Scott, Sam, Rebecca, Jake and Cameron

Risks and challenges

We need millions of miles of driving data from many different cars and drivers to help us calibrate measurement tools and set game rewards. Data from Early Adopters will help us understand differences in driving styles, improve eco-driving feedback, and learn what inspires drivers to to record every trip.

If you enjoy trying new tech products, join at the Early Adopter level. Otherwise, please sign up for the “new and improved” game that we will roll out in July.

Technical Hurdles

Driver feedback is crucial to improving the app. We’ll try to answers questions such as:

* Will players remember to use the app every trip?
* How reliable are the OBD scanners?
* How often will players want updates?
* What functions should we add to the website?

Communication Hurdles

Because GDC is unique, it can be challenging to describe — it’s an app, a service, and a game. We need to persuade people that GDC makes it easy to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions. Another key to attracting users is communicating that eco-driving with GDC makes driving less stressful.

Join Our Journey

Eco-driving is a huge untapped resource for fighting climate change.
We're ready to put GDC to the test, but we need your feedback and financial support to get us to the starting line. Please join us as we begin this exciting journey.

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    Vote for Your Country!

    For people outside of the US, cast a vote to bring GDC to your country. The US lags behind many other countries in addressing climate change, and we know that eco-driving is more popular elsewhere. Once we get GDC working in the US, we plan to offer the game in other countries. Canada, Germany, Britain, India, and Australia are a few that come to mind.

    Reward includes your name and flag on the Victory Garage Hall of Fame and a vote for GDC to come to your country. We'll keep a running tally, so you can see which countries are ahead.

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    Limited edition! These t-shirts are extra soft cotton and look great with pretty much any outfit. We have sizes XS through 3XL.

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    GDC EARLY ADOPTER + Bumper Sticker

    Try out GDC before anyone else! Play GDC and tell us what you think. Your input will be critical in making the game more fair and more fun.

    Reward includes OBD scanner, GDC app download, website profile, GDC bumper sticker, and Victory Garage listing as a Member of the GDC Early Adopters Club.

    Note: You must have an Android phone or tablet and own a passenger vehicle model year 2008 or newer to play. If you have a 2006 or 2007 vehicle, please sign up for Reward #6.

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    Try out GDC after the Early Adopters help us improve the game.

    Reward includes lifetime membership, OBD scanner, GDC app download, website profile, GDC bumper sticker, and Victory Garage listing as a Member of the GDC Founder's Club.

    Note: You must have an Android phone or tablet and own a passenger vehicle model year 2006 or newer to play.

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    You're not in it for the stuff, you're in it for the cause! Thank you so much for being a GDC supporter. We'll keep you updated with our progress, and if you're not too humble, we'd love to include you on our Hall of Fame at the Awesome Altruist level.

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    Play GDC with your Apple mobile device as soon as it's ready! Reward includes an iOS OBD scanner, the GDC app, website profile, a bumper sticker, and listing on the Victory Garage Hall of Fame as an Apple Early Adopter.

    This costs more than the Android version due to the higher cost of the OBD scanner.

    Note: You must have an Apple phone or tablet and a passenger vehicle model year 2006 or newer. We are committed to delivering the iOS version if we meet our $15,000 goal. In other words, you will not be charged if we do not meet our goal and we will build the iOS version even if we do not meet our $30,000 stretch goal.

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    Welcome to the Club - MyClubEco - home of The Green Driving Challenge!

    We’ll send you campaign updates and put your name and/or photo on the Victory Garage Hall of Fame if you'd like. Thanks so much for helping us Protect the Planet One Trip at a Time.

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    2 Night Stay in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

    Stay for two nights in a gorgeous historic 2-bedroom townhouse, right on M St in Georgetown. Great for checking out the sites of Washington, D.C.

    As such a great supporter, you'll also get your name and/or picture listed on our Victory Garage Hall of Fame at the Big Donor level (optional), two GDC player memberships, two bumper stickers, and two t-shirts.

    Please add $250 for each additional night.

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    Ultimate Benefactor / Advisor

    You're a true eco-hero! You love our environmental mission and want to help us succeed.

    Along with conference calls or a face-to-face meeting, you'll get your name and/or picture listed on our Victory Garage Hall of Fame at the Big Donor level, two GDC player memberships, two bumper stickers, and two t-shirts.

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