Splitting car pools is always a problem when going with friends
How it works
We created a mobile app that lets users easily split rides.
First, the driver will enter information about their car. Information about the fuel efficiency of the selected car comes directly from the EPA's public API. The user selects a car and starts their trip. We use geotracking to keep track of the time and distance the car traveled during the trip. After the trip, the users can split their costs using Venmo. We use the EPA's public API to calculate the fuel cost and energy savings from carpooling.
Challenges I ran into
Technical challenges included:
Creating services to get data from the EPA's public APIs Getting the maps and setting up geotracking Getting mobile payments set up through Venmo Creating a database to capture all this information Creating an app that can work across a variety of devices including (android and iOS)
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Fuel efficiency data and general car information for the app comes from the car comes directly from the EPA's public API. The MPG data for each car is based on the EPA's crowd-sourced car mileage information. We set up a map feature with realtime geotracking. In addition, we also set up a mobile payments system via Venmo.
What I learned
We learned about the vast amount of public information that is available about fuel efficiency. We learned about creating services to get data from the EPA's public APIs We learned about getting the maps and setting up geotracking We learned about getting mobile payments set up through Venmo We learned about creating a database to capture all this information We learned about creating an app that can work across a variety of devices including (android and iOS)
What's next for Carpooler
Our next step is to add more metrics to the app to allow users to better see the energy savings they are getting through ridesharing.