ROUTE DRIVE DELIVER BETTER.
In New York City, all vehicles defined as a truck are required to follow the truck route network and are reliant on a static map to know which roads they must use in NYC.
When events like construction or a crash require rerouting, truck drivers’ options are often limited as most free navigation tools do not include truck route priorities, height restrictions, turn restrictions, tolls, or other details specific to their needs.
C2SMART is hosting a Virtual Hackathon in partnership with NYC DOT from Saturday October 15th, 2022 through Sunday, October 23, 2022. We invite you to use your creativity and intelligence to design 3D visualizers to help truck drivers navigate the complexities of the city and identify the best route for reaching their destination.
C2SMART Center hosted the Smart Truck Routing Hackathon event to stimulate interest in the field of Urban Engineering and to crowdsource the remaining component of the Smart Truck Routing application that the BUILT Lab had been working on. The app is designed to function like Waze for trucks by considering New York City specific requirements such as designated truck routes and restrictions due to height or weight. A driver can input all their stops throughout the city, and the app will find an efficient, safe, and compliant route for them to take. Additionally, the app has the ability to estimate the CO2 emissions of the truck and allow the driver to take a cleaner route. The final piece needed from the Hackathon was the visualizer that the driver would use while the truck was in motion.
The Hackathon kicked off in a session at the New York City TransportationCamp 2022 on October 15th. 20 attendees participated in a discussion about truck routing and its obstacles in New York City. The judges (Kaan Ozbay, Seth Contreras, Eric Richard, Joaquim Rabinovitch, Zach Miller, and Maddalena Romano) represented various stakeholder groups in the New York City trucking ecosystem. The Hackathon closed on October 23rd with the winning team being Team Braveniuniu comprised of Chuhan Yang, Jiayun Sun, and Liang Niu.
The Hackathon closed on October 23rd, with Team Braveniuniu — comprised of Chuhan Yang, Jiayun Sun, and Liang Niu — taking home the win after impressing each judge with their work. The Closing Ceremony allowed the judges to provide additional feedback about how the project can be further developed and improved, particularly given open ended nature of the larger project the Hackathon was meant to aid. There are many exciting new branches that can be followed as well as many promising connections and conversations as well between people interested in improving the New York City freight ecosystem.
The team at the BUILT lab and C2SMART is incredibly grateful to all who contributed.