Inspiration

Have you ever been in a situation where you just cannot find parking, and your only option is to grudgingly check into a parking lot that costs $40 for a few hours? The sad truth is that when you are paying an exorbitant sum of money for a parking lot, thousands of personal parking spots are completely empty because their owners are not at home or in the office. Those days are now over. Introducing AirPark, a mobile platform for affordable and efficient sharing of personal parking lots. AirPark makes the process of buying and renting personal parking spots EXTREMELY easy, time-efficient, and affordable.

What it does

Renters simply add their parking spot with the click of a button, and our app automatically detects the location where they are reporting from. Next, the renter can either rent out their parking spot one-time, or create weekly rent schedules. The buyer on the other hand can search for nearby parking spots, or search by address for a remote spot, and then claim it. When they are leaving the spot, they can simply click a button to checkout and pay. Our system makes it more affordable for buyers, while benefiting renters. Airpark is also google assistant enabled for voice interactions.

On the business side of things, we plan to take 0.5% service fee on each transaction, as well as host in-app advertisements. We will also take a 1% service free on transactions above a threshold.

How we built it

  • React Native for front-end.
  • Python with azure serverless functions for back-end.
  • RDS + MySQL for database.
  • Figma for UI design
  • Google assistant for voice interactions

Challenges we ran into

  • CORS errors with the back-end.
  • making the app responsive.
  • getting everything integrated in a short time period.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Integrating the app with the backend
  • Creating voice interactions for our app
  • Creating a clean and responsive UI.

What we learned

  • Using gcloud serverless functions
  • Using google cloud SQL
  • Creating voice interactions for google assistant.

What's next for AirPark

In the future, we would like to add an interface for reporting spam spots, and creating a rating system for each spot. We would also like to integrate AirPark with automatic reader scanning systems in personal parking spots. Lastly, we would like to implement more sophisticated filters for searching.

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