Green Limousine Project
Author : Kishor Kelkar
18 Churchill Rd East Killara
NSW 2071 Australia +61294998784,+61412576675
• Green Limousine Project is a community Project.
• It is designed and developed using joint effort and participation of very large
number of people to achieve certain goals which in the long run would benefit
the country and its people in many ways by learning to share resources whose
supply is dwindling day by day.(This statement has been made only when I saw a
cold response from veteran CEOs/CIOs who kept posing me the same question
who is the customer and my answer was there is no customer, we community are
customer since we are going to benefit from this project not the big corporations)
• The project is not controlled by any big corporation who mostly aim at large
profiteering to make their investors and executive staff happy at the cost of
common man who gets fleeced during broad day light and government always
showing helplessness witnessing this phenomenon in all walks of life.
• When I showed this presentation to learned people, everybody kept asking me
• Who is the customer for whom this presentation is pitched for?
• Who are the investors in this project?
• Do you know you are competing with Taxi service controlled by single man who
would kill this project.( it made me laugh when I thought that this has nothing to
do with Taxi service which does not have any of the idealistic goals this project
• Have you considered legal aspect of this project? ( As if I am trying to some illegal
thing, may I am creating a threat ton some existing norms of making money by
not working hard enough to deserve it if that is interpreted as illegal. No body
likes competition in his own back yard/turf.)
• Do you know its benefits also cause damage to number of other industries that
far outweighs its idealistic benefits?
• Yes these are valid questions I do not disagree with any of them. Question
is whether we have a aim of reducing our carbon foot print or succumb to
the notion that economy must grow all the time to keep us employed no
matter how much damage we are doing to resource limited planet.
• I will not exactly agree with the term "resource limited planet", although it
is true that fossil fuel resources are dwindling. At the same time there are
other infinite resources such as Solar power, water, wind energy, tilde
energy, geothermal energy, unused land ( deserts) which have not been
fully tapped and these are cleaner resources than fossil fuel.
• The fear you are mongering that people are going to loose jobs is just a
load of bull shit. I would say you are freeing up human resources that can
be better utilized to tap these natural resources on which we are showing
great reluctance to invest and put our intellectual effort into.
I saw this program accidently on ABC
I thought I may use these two slides to emphasise my argument why
“Green Limousine” and “Carpooling assisted by GL cars” are community
projects which should be done by donating our skills Pro Bono to
formalise the specifications of the project, designing the project,
developing necessary hardware and software for the project,
encouraging people to invest in a project ( Not a bulk investment but 1
GL unit of investment needed to add just on GL car into the Fleet),
encouraging youths to drive these cars, honestly, sincerely and safely
without ulterior motive of cheating the project. ( Pro Bono may not be
feasible idea if we become serious about the project and there is plenty
of money allocated for that in costing for s/w development, h/w
infrastructure , maintenance cost, running cost).
Presentation which follows is intermingled with so many different
ideas, so message may not be very clear in first reading unless it sows a
thought worm in your mind in the background.
Project can be done in stages, starting from last 10 KM area around
each suburb well connected by rail/bus/ferry.
If people like it then it can be expanded to its full blown version.
We should never pose, we are threat to Taxi service or Bus service
whose frequency becomes pathetic during non-peak hours and tyranny
of distance in a country like Australia, Canada & USA cannot be
Customer in first stage
Everyday railway commuters who struggle to find a parking spot in
peak hours or some one at home does the job of dropping at station
and picking up at the evening.
School kids whose mums have only benevolent duty during the day to
drop them and pick them using giant 4 wheel drives, causing headache
to other car drivers.
Retired people to and from shopping centres.
School kids afternoon shift.
Revellers at pubs and restaurants who should not be driving after
having a good time.
Customers in final stage
All in first stage,
Car pooling assisted by GL cars
General compliment service to taxi service.
We can handle events like matches and even dispersing airport traffic
by segregating travellers at 4 to 5 exit points depending upon their
destination so that car pooling is easy. GL customer service at airport
can direct these people to go to correct exit point.
Green Limousine project provides a transport service to commuters at a
reasonable rate ( far less than taxi service , it is ludicrous to even compare it
with Taxi service which has no goals of protecting environment and providing
transport service at reasonable cost. ) by making use of various advances in
technologies in different fields such as
1) Use of fuel efficient hybrid cars
2) Use of internet based automation using servers, smart phones and GPS
data to link customer and the Green limousine car driver who
communicate with the server indicating their GPS data and identification
associated with credit card details.
3) All transactions are automated so no money is exchanged between
driver and the customer.
4) The aim of project is not to make huge profit at the cost of higher
tariff to travel, passed on to customers, but to keep service running
with a very moderate profit margin ( not more than 5%) on investment.
5) The aim is to create employment for young people, single mothers
and retired people who find it hard to enter job stream and give them
breathing space before they find better opportunity.
6) The salary earned in this job is Government recommended minimum
wage rate which keep pace with cpi recommended by government
regulation. You cannot expect any pay rise in this job for simple reason,
you are supposed to do it only when you cannot find any other job.
7) We just cannot afford to pay you more than minimum wage rate otherwise we
will not be able to offer cheaper transport to commuters. It is my personnel opinion
that car driving in modern world is not such an uncommon skill that one can
demand a high wage for just being a careful, law abiding, safe driver. You possess so
many great skills such as writing, reading, hearing spoken language and
understanding the meaning of spoken words and putting your thoughts into
written document, but no body pays you only because you possess these skills.
These among others, safe car driving is just a common skill for which basic
minimum wage is good enough. I also say, I do not expect to drive GL car for life
and making life, it is only an alternative option open to anybody if he/she cannot
find any other job for any reason and wants to have a breathing space and live with
dignity until he/she finds another high paying job. You should drive GL only if you
believe in preserving our ECO system by minimising our carbon footprint. If you do
not trust in this principle, then you should not participate in this project in any way.
8) You should not be ashamed to drive a GL car under the assumption that
you could not get any other job, on the other hand you should feel pound as
you are part of national project to save our environment.
8.1) One of the aim of this project is minimise private car ownership by
providing affordable service which makes private ownership redundant.
9) By minimizing number of cars, improve traffic congestion problem,
encourage car sharing.
10) Although I have said in the beginning, GL project is not to compete with
existing Taxi service, it has far superior goals of projecting environment,
creating jobs , minimize number of privately owned cars, mitigate traffic
congestion problem, facilitate car sharing and pass on benefit of car sharing
back to its customers. It is not any lobby group who is trying to influence
government decisions and politicians.
11) You have to subscribe to GL service by becoming a member of this
project, to take advantage of its cheap travel rates. You can help this
project by becoming a commuter who uses this service or by becoming
a service providing member of this service by sponsoring one GL car in
the fleet of GLs. This sponsorship is not a donation to this service, it is
in fact an investment in this project. We restrict sponsorship to only
one GL car per family. This is to promote the idea that each and every
family can invest in this bona fide project just like you shop
commodities in super market wi