Assessor feedback - Non-Supportive Comments
The proposal explains the need of the proposed innovation is that the existing systems, such as GPS technology, are not fit for the granular level of tracking required for dynamic road pricing schemes. Through negation, the proposal implies the challenge is technical and in-turn the business need is digital transformation. Except, digital transformation is not a need, but a drive to efficiency. When efficiency is a need, the cost of innovation is contingency. As such, the opportunity is the removal of contingencies, which is the principle of change. This makes the need problematic.
NeoMatrix Response: GPS Provides more granularity than the proposed solution. Granularity is not the issue. Privacy is a major part of the need for a non-point based tracking system, Which GPS can't address as well.
The proposal does not need to present a Gantt chart, nor proclaim agility, double diamonds or even system design. Herein is a team who are around the object they seek to create, building out something that cannot yet be defined. There is a goal, yet it is a destination, not an end. This is craft, not industrial innovation. This is the style of development that many dream of, but few can achieve.
This project offers the opportunity to address a gap in both location based services and journey based pricing. Whilst the technological challenges are well described the actual barriers to adoption need significant amounts of further development.
A range of transport related problems are well described. A need for road pricing is proposed with a suggested consequent need for alternatives to GPS to provide vehicle tracking. However road pricing based on vehicle tracking may not be generally accepted as the best solution and GPS is not generally considered unsuitable for vehicle tracking when required.
NeoMatrix Response: GPS Is good for general vehicle tracking, but wholly unsuitable for dynamic road pricing, and the UK Governments own report indicated that a major barrier was the technology to monitor vehicles needed to be improved.
The approach seems valid for improving GPS accuracy although location accuracy would be low as an alternative to GPS and extremely low for trips on new routes.
NeoMatrix Response: Current testing reveals already high accuracy using NeoMatrix's non-GPS tracking technology, and operates regardless of and entirely independent of 'new' routes
A range of positive impacts are outlined, based on the suggestion that the 'technology may provide position and route history visibility'. However a method for position visibility would require additional data in particular GPS data and position data may be unavailable for newly travelled routes.
NeoMatrix Response: As commented above!
The approach seems valid for improving GPS accuracy although location accuracy would be low as an alternative to GPS and extremely low for trips on new routes. The project may benefit from considering further use cases where there is a need for route-related improvements to GPS accuracy rather than as a replacement for GPS.
NeoMatrix Response: As commented above!
There is a sensible motivation for this project, but many governments have not identified a definitive move to road pricing at present and while dynamic road pricing is what is envisaged it still remain a large challenge to build infrastructure which will cope with such a system. Current solutions using GPS based devices with inertial augmentation do have limitations, but are improving all the time.
NeoMatrix Response: One key benefit of the technology is that almost no new infrastructure needs to be built.
There is novelty in the approach proposed, but no discussion on freedom to operate and if there are competitor technologies beyond GPS or some limited predictive tools. The concept of using neural networks can only lead to "probable" outcomes which will lead to errors and also require users to accept such a determination of their charge. In addition, routes are complex and while constrained still have huge levels of variability due to a vast array of factors, even as simple as day or night driving.
Little information is provided on state of art and academic research. There is also a technical challenge, which is not considered. Where is the data collected to be processed on the device collecting the data or remotely which will then incur large and complex data transfer.
NeoMatrix Response: NeoMatrix has already seen and solved the complex data transfer issue, with the NeoTag format. This is already working fully, and offers dramatic compression far beyond current technology, but with almost no processing overhead. GPS can't compete with this, as the assessor has correctly identified this as a problem if working with point based tracking data.
A reasonable attempt at developing the risks is presented, but given the novel nature proposed for the development it is surprising that there is such a limited analysis of technical risks. In fact the over all technical aspects are not presented or any preparatory work to suggest the concepts has some merit, which increases the overall technical risk significantly.