Y-Mobility Manifesto: COVID -19 Technology Challenge!

7 April 2020

Y-Mobility COVID19 Autonomous & Mobility Tech Challenge Project 

Document Objectives  

The objective of this document is to create a playbook guidance of the technology challenges we want to tackle by creating solutions for the pain of the COVID 19 and future challenges of pandemic or alarm situations that affect the status quo of society.

This is a working document where the team would describe the process, delivery and different use cases that can be involved in the technical challenges to define the frameworks and Statement of Work of this initiative.

This document proceeds to outline the guidance of the technology challenges on:

  • The challenge
  • Our mission Statement
  • What’s our focus?
  • Sponsors and/or Industries we want to engage with
  • Use case definition and methodology
  • Our approach to the legislation and regulation in each country
  • Business Model
  • Communication
  • Deployment Strategy


Philosophy of this document 

This is an open community, so this document is open. It can evolve and change at different points in the development of the community. Everything can change, methodologies, approaches, process, use cases, deliveries. Changes need to be approved for the community so any changes of approach would have to be approved by the Project team below. The philosophy and behavior of the approval can change as well as the approval of how we change the document could change as well.

Our philosophy is to be as open and collaborative with people and companies as possible, so the rules on engagement are open to everybody based on the approval of the core team of the community.

The core team of this community are:

Diana Franganillo – Ged Lancaster – Nick Reed – Mark Mackenzie – Alvaro Ramis – Nick Filler

Alex Mackenzie-Torres – Steve Brigthfield – Michael Zimmermann – Stephen Lake – David Fidalgo


Other members of the core community could be add later on based on their experience and skills on other areas that the project may require assistance in, for example marketing, branding , investment, finance and so forth.

Covid19 Autonomous and Mobility Challenges


Mobility is a fundamental pillar of 21st-century life, enabling us to live, love, learn and work and allowing the supply chains upon which our livelihoods depend upon. Through necessary restrictions on our mobility, COVID 19 attacks our freedom to love and be passionate about life.

We believe that technology can help in our community response to the pandemic by supporting the restoration of the mobility of people and goods. In the last five years, no other transport concept has received more attention than automated vehicles. Their deployment could transform mobility in the current circumstances; for example, by facilitating the supply of urgently needed goods and produce; by reducing public transit operatives’ exposure to disease and by increasing capacity to facilitate social distancing.

However, the current state of maturity of these technologies means that teams, approaches and regulatory positions are diverse. To begin this fight and re-establish our freedom of movement, we need to create a community of technologists that collaborate and contribute across all sectors to drive solutions that can improve our quality of life in these times of uncertainty and build a more resilient transport ecosystem for the future.

The Automated Transport To Address COVID 19 (ATAC) challenge was launched to create a worldwide multidisciplinary community of technology experts from the public, private and academic sectors that can contribute to provide solutions in autonomy and mobility for Covid19 patients, for the heroes on the frontline in the fight against this disease and for the heroes that are working to provide essential services in these challenging circumstances.

The three areas we are initially proposing to examine are:

  • Enabling mass testing
  • Food, medicine and vital supplies
  • Mobility for essential workers (e.g., health, supply chain, cleaners, first responders, transport operatives etc.)


Mission Statement

  • Create an International  community of technology experts from different disciplines that can contribute and collaborate across different industries.
  • Creating short medium and long-term projects that allow us to fight the current COVID 19 pandemic to shorten its impact and future situations
  • In the longer term to learn and develop technologies and their uses and improve our resilience to future challenges.
  • Harmonisation of commercial and legislative opportunities arising of the technological challenges per country



Potential collaborators:

  • Public sector (e.g., Government, City / Local authorities, Highway authorities, Foundations, NGO’)
  • Vehicle sector (e.g., Autonomy developers, Vehicle OEMs, Tier 1+ suppliers)
  • Other transport organisations (e.g., Mobility service providers, Carshare / rideshare operators, Freight / delivery / logistics, Mapping, Insurance, Aerospace)
  • Utilities sector (e.g., Telecommunications / cloud / internet / data, Energy companies)
  • Other industries (e.g., Pharmaceutical / medical supply, Marketing, Finance / VC, Internet infrastructure companies)


Example Problem scenarios

Key area Problem Scenarios Current Alternatives Value Proposition Applicability
Food & Medicine Supplies People highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) need to stay safe and well at home, whilst having access to essential products such as food, hygiene and medicines.
  • Carers, family members, social services and volunteers (e.g.,NHS Volunteer Responders) deliver food and medicines to vulnerable people in some areas.
  • Mobility as a Service companies offer taking products from A to B on behalf of the people buying them (https://cabify.com/en/spain/madrid).
During crisis

Recovery period


Food & Medicine Supplies People need to go to supermarkets and pharmacies to buy food and medicines. This often means queueing for a significant amount of time to avoid crowding the facilities. During crisis

Recovery period

Mass testing Medical personnel receive COVID-19 testing kits when required. During crisis

Recovery period

Mass testing Medical personnel take a sample from the patients using a COVID-19 testing kit and send them off to the laboratory for analysis. During crisis

Recovery period

Mass testing People need to go to the medical testing facilities to get tested for Covid 19. Often, this involves waiting, hence potential exposure to the virus. During crisis

Recovery period

Mobility for essential workers Medical personnel transfer to and from home quickly and in an environment with a lower risk of cross-contamination due to not using public transport.
Mobility transfer for infected members of the public. Transfer of infected or potentially infected members of the public to hospitals, care centres or even test stations with reduced risk of cross contamination to other patients, drivers/operators or ambulance crews.
To be continued…


Feel free to click here to download our Y Mobility COVID-19 Initiative Manifesto and look at our Table below for more information.

We need your help, so if you or your company want to join the community to contribute and collaborate to flight the pandemic with technology and passion please join us autonomousmob-vea9551.slack.com!

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